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Training For Discontent
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It's difficult to tell how accurate or bad the stressful situation is for students these days, but this is a powerful anecdote of one parent's experiences. Setting up elite colleges/universities as a primary goal of childhood is increasingly becoming a lottery situation akin to playing professional sports. You can be very very good and still not make it. We need more dynamic and flexible goals that aren't so artificially constrained.