Australian children are under too much pressure, and most of that is coming from their parents, who are themselves the victims of social pressure to create “the perfect family”. The Canadian sociologist Carl Honore calls it “hyper-parenting”. Combined with a school system that puts exams ahead of learning, it results in “children who are falling apart emotionally, struggling physically, self-harming, eating disorders”. Honore says Australian parents are, like their peers in Britain and the US, forcing their kids to do too many activities outside school.
– David Dale