These types of educational pressures can come from family, friends, work, extra-curricular activities and even yourself. Some take it as a motive to get better grades, and some take it as means of life or death. Family pressure usually comes from the parents. Parents pressure their children to get good grades just to see their children have a bright future.
Print Email As an educator and parent for nearly three decades, I am pleased to read concerns about students being under too much academic pressure. While parents often identify the source of the pressure as results-oriented educational systems and schools giving too much homework, I get mixed messages when I sit on the other side of the parent-teacher conference table.
Generally, high achievers and Asian parents find it difficult to accept a less-than-stellar performance from their children. For example, a student might be advised to take the core, rather than the extended, paper in an International General Certificate of Secondary Education exam.
Parents immediately resist the recommendation, given that the maximum grade would then be a C. Their response is fairly consistent: When students struggle to understand the concepts of a demanding subject and its accompanying workload, concern is raised that the student is under pressure.
Sometimes, it goes back to selecting the appropriate secondary school education for the student. Yet there is great trepidation in allowing students to take GCE A-levels because universities view the IB diploma "more favourably".
And there is even greater resistance to students undertaking IB vocational certificate courses as an alternative.
These unrealistic expectations cause performance anxiety among students. Far be it for me to pass judgment on parents who, in the final analysis, simply want their children to get good grades so they can secure admission to a good university and then get a good job in this competitive society.
I have been there. Although my daughter did eventually manage to achieve her goal of graduating with degrees in international relations and Middle Eastern studies, I had "suggested" she take all science and maths subjects for her A-levels and keep her options open - just in case she changed her mind and wished to pursue a career in medicine, perhaps.
We as parents need to re-examine our notion of academic excellence as being the only measure of success. And we should give more credence to developing enhanced human values in our children so they may apply themselves wholeheartedly to their various roles in society.
We need to see our children as successful simply when they have done their best. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:Access to wraparound services and individualized education plans in primary and secondary education have also helped more students graduate high school and qualify to attend college.
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But when these young people go to college, such specialized services and accommodations rarely exist. The result is more students seeking help at counseling . The vast majority of high-school students still dream of pursuing higher education, but once inside the pearly gates of college, the view from above is far from idyllic.
No, schools don't put enough pressure on students. There was a statistic coming out of New York City that said that over 60 percent of high school graduates could not read beyond a 5th grade level.
That is a failure on schools to have students who are not capable of understanding literature at the required 12th grade level.
College students face pressures adjusting to a rigorous academic routine, coping with financial strains to pay tuition and academic fees, juggling academic requirements with job and social responsibilities and maintaining health due to lack of sleep and stress.
In the Mental Health Task Force on Graduate Student Mental Health at the University of California Berkley surveyed its graduate students and revealed 45%had experienced an emotional or stress. Most graduate students have experienced success academically since high school and throughout their undergraduate program, and they assume that grad school is a calling for them.
But esteem issues become entwined with financial pressures for some.