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‘Teach Your Children Well,’ by Madeline Levine - NYTimes.com


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For Levine’s latest book is, in fact, a cri de coeur from a clinician on the front lines of the battle between our better natures — parents’ deep and true love and concern for their kids — and our culture’s worst competitive and materialistic influences, all of which she sees played out, day after day, in her private psychology practice in affluent Marin County, Calif. Levine works with teenagers who are depleted, angry and sad as they compete for admission to a handful of big-name colleges, and with parents who can’t steady or guide them, so lost are they in the pursuit of goals that have drained their lives of pleasure, contentment and connection. “Our current version of success is a failure,” she writes. It’s a damning, and altogether accurate, clinical diagnosis.

I'm not convinced this is a phenomena for those who are not in the 1%. I sincerely believe most kids don't worry about going to Harvard or ivy-league schools; they simply don't score on high-enough levels or -- until recently with changes to funding -- couldn't afford to go to those schools.

I do like the image, though. This is a fascinating article even if I disagree with the assertions for the majority of the population.

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