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Sat, 31 Mar 2007

Effortless Overachieving...

An interesting article about girls trying to handle the twin pressures of being (1) smart, athletic, cultured, well-rounded and (2) enjoying their life. Needless to say, the second often loses out. "College" always wins.

It's sad that NYT would probably have not run this story if it were about boys, rather than girls. The article would've been so much better if it talked about the pressures on boys as well. The fundamental conflict before high school students has very little to with gender and very much to do with current societal attitudes to what good education means. Essentially, we'd like our best kids to be effortless overachievers. Every year, it becomes harder to be an overachiever. Needless to say, the "effortless" part has been losing out.

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