Don't these statistics give you cause for concern?
"But there's nothing I can do about it," you may say. "That's how the system works!"
No, that's not how the system is supposed to work. Here's why:
Sadly, as a society obsessed with academic achievements, we keep pushing our kids over the edge. For example, South Korean parents spend thousands of dollars on after-school tuition. But the real costs of South Korea's high performance on international tests (where it has consistently ranked in the top 10 of every PISA programme), is very much higher. The country has the highest suicide rate of all industrialised OECD countries.
Watch the depressing video below about South Korea's Gangnam-style education and see if you think it's all worth it.
In the last 50 years or so, suicide rates have increased by 60 percent worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those age 15 to 44. These figures do not include suicide attempts, which can be as many as 20 times more frequent than completed suicide. It used to be that the highest suicide rates were among elderly men. Suicide rates among young people have been increasing to such an extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of both developed and developing countries.
But it doesn't have to be this way. As parents, it is within our powers to set things right for our children. And we can't do this by waiting for the system to change.
The second, and more rewarding way, is to join the Parents' Guide Club as an ambassador and help spread our message to like-minded parents who believe that their children's learning journey should be more than getting good grades.. Easy and fulfilling, isn't it?
As an ambassador, you will have free access to members-only content and privileges, such as:
Videos on parenting strategies that will equip you with the knowledge to be a better parent
E-books and audio books that will help to enhance your relationships with your children
Research reports that will broaden your understanding of the education landscape and education choices
Special invitations to events and workshops where you will pick up useful parenting tips and insights on education technologies
Advice from experts on education and parenting issues
So how do you become an ambassador? It's simple. Just click the button below to register your interest. We will get back to you if you qualify.