The Academic Panic is the term I’ve given to the frantic ‘education’ of children younger than the age of nine, which many middle-class parents are currently involved with (swimming and drama, and extra Maths, and piano and violin and scouts and hockey and extra Reading and skating and ballet and jazz and…you get the picture). While many loving and well-meaning adults assume that extra formal classes and early intellectualisation are good for the education and later opportunities for their children, the reality is that this is NOT the case. The more children have an adult in charge, the less they think for themselves. If you are interested in some research about this, check out this post here.
(Thanks to Cori @ Wonder in the Woods. )
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