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All parents want their kids to shine academically. After all, a good education opens many doors to success later in life.
So, with only good intentions in their hearts and minds, many parents push their children in various ways in the hope they will achieve academic success.
They take their kids to multiple enrichment classes starting from a very young age, they berate them for not getting good enough grades, sometimes they even do their children’s homework and school projects for them.
In a nutshell, the academic expectations set for such children are very high, perhaps even unrealistic.
But, by doing this, are parents unintentionally setting their kids up to fail academically? Apparently, it may be the case, according to the results of a new study published by the American Psychological Association.
“Poisonous parental aspirations”
The results of this research showed both positive and negative results of very high parental expectations on children’s academic performance.
The longitudinal study conducted between 2002-2007, involved 3,530 secondary school students (49.7 percent female) and their parents in Bavaria, Germany.
The study assessed student math achievement as well as parental aspiration (how much they want their child to earn a particular grade) and expectation (how much they believe their child can achieve a certain grade) on a yearly annual basis.
What lead researcher Kou Murayama and colleagues found was that high parental aspiration led to more academic achievement, but only when it did not overly exceed realistic expectation.
The children’s achievement decreased proportionately when aspiration exceeded expectation.
Murayama, said that “although parental aspiration can improve children’s academic performance, excessive parental aspiration can be poisonous.”
That’s right. Poisonous.
On the next page, find out the 4 common ways in which parents may (unintentionally) hurt their children’s academic performance — and how to avoid doing this.