10月30日大作文题目：Nowadays parents put a lot of pressure on their children to succeed.
What is the reason for doing this? Is this a positive or negative development?
It has been increasingly common for parents to require their children to excel at school and in other competitive environments, often at the price of sacrificing most other interests. This result-oriented approach is, according to those in favour of it, a necessary evil to give young learners a competitive edge before they reach adulthood, preventing them from missing precious opportunities or progressing too slowly. Is this claim justified?
There are two main reasons for adopting a strict tiger parenting style. The one that attracts the most publicity is scarcity-induced fear. The fact that academic excellence is the main admission factor for top schools and colleges means that when parents arrange their children’s schedule, they tend to prioritize resume-worthy activities and expect them to produce results that justify the time and money invested. Another reason is the perception that performance equals competence. Rather than encouraging their children to explore and find their passion, many are more concerned with their exams and contest results and so leave their learning needs and potential unattended.
The natural consequences of paying too much attention to results can be serious. A major problem is the long-term effect on skill development. Being trained to achieve good grades and win competitions does not mean that children have developed independent thinking and communication skills, essential assets of functioning members of society. Also, the parents’ high regard for excellence can create a sense of alienation and lower self-esteem. Given high levels of academic pressure, young learners may face harsh criticism which creates self-doubt about their abilities and intelligence, resulting in an impression that they are unworthy of their parents’ attention.
In general, although competition is fierce for the best education and career, demanding one’s children to be nothing but the best at school and elsewhere is not the wisest approach. Alternatively, attention should be paid to what they need for their long-term growth and happiness.
【语言积累】1.to excel 表现卓越2.result-oriented approach 以结果为导向的方式3.a necessary evil 不得不做之事4.a competitive edge 竞争优势5.a strict tiger parenting style 严厉的虎妈式教养6.resume-worthy activities 能写进简历的活动7.leave their learning needs and potential unattended 忽略学习需求和潜能8.essential assets of 重要资产9.a sense of alienation and lower self-esteem 疏离感和自卑10.unworthy of their parents’ attention 不值得父母关注