Another great YouTube vid from Journeymanpictures: "School Stress" that can be easily adapted for in-class use. This is a topic that will be particularly relevant to your students. Video run time: half hour; level: intermediate +; age: teens +
Suggested questions to accompany the video:
1) Do you think children in your country are under more pressure to study and get good grades than in other countries?
2) Are kids today smarter than kids in the past?
3) If/When you have children, how important is it for them to receive a good education?
4) How early do you think children should start learning to read?
5) Would you:
a) Make sure your child starts learning before pre-school?
b) Give educational lessons at home?
c) Get a private tutor for your child?
d) Send your child to supplementary classes?
e) Do the best you can to ensure your child goes to a top university?
f) Think it's worth it to spend most of your salary on your child's education?
6) What do you feel the consequences are of a poor education?
1) In what country does this video mainly take place?
2) What does the term "helicopter parents" mean?
3) What are some of the things that the parents featured in the video do to try and give their children an educational advantage?
4) Are you surprised by the extent some of these parents go to to educate their children?
5) What do you think about some of these parents? Do you think that you would end up being a similar parent in terms of your attitude towards your child's education?
6) Who is "America's Worst Mom"? Why is she called that? How is her attitude different to that of the helicopter parents?
7) Do you side more with the helicopter parents or the free-range kids?