Here in the US, we've become accustomed to parents who beat the devil out of an umpire for calling a kid out at home plate or the parent who attacked
a coach for pulling the parent's kid from the line-up.
We are aware of parents who go to school to trash a teacher for putting their kid in detention or throw a fit because of a failing grade.
We know that sports are being curtailed on playgrounds because someone might get hurt or someone might be the last to be picked to play on a team or
might not be picked at all.
We have heard of graduation ceremonies for kindergarten, elementary school and middle school and about the kids who took part in those ceremonies who
can't make the grade or quit before they can participate in high school graduation.
We know that there are competitions for kids where everyone gets a medal and a lot of people have wondered where all this might lead.
Well, in Japan, I think we might have a first in this mass absurdity. In Japan, they call parents who think their kids can do no wrong and should be
rewarded regardless of merit "Monster Parents."
They even conspire to get teachers fired because their kids aren't always first in everything they do.
In fact, this whole trend can be called a vast parental conspiracy. They plot, they intimidate, they rant and rave and it's all about destroying
values and institutions.
It's all about narcissism.
But most of all, it's all about stupidity.
Can you imagine a play or a movie with no supporting cast? No, I'm not talking about a monologue. I'm not talking about a performance in which a
single actor plays multiple roles. I'm talking about a school play in which everyone in the cast plays the same part because the parents insisted
that their kid got the lead role and the school didn't have the gumption to say no or better yet, just cancel the play.
This conspiracy is not as sensational as who assassinated whom. It's not as scary on the surface as who crashed planes into the WTC, but what kind
of society can we expect in the future when these kids who've never heard the word no come of age.
Yeah, I know that every generation since the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens has thought that the younger generation is the beginning of the end,
but I'm not sure that we've ever seen a generation that doesn't understand hierarchy and the importance of every position and the importance of
promotions based on merit.
We've seen generations who expect that they should be CEO right out of high school or at least that's the way they act, but we can chalk that up to
naiveté. What will happen when we have a generation who will sink the boat because every single person can't be captain.
Well, judge for yourself as to where this may all lead.
The stage was set, the lights went down and in a suburban Japanese primary school everyone prepared to enjoy a performance of Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs. The only snag was that the entire cast was playing the part of Snow White.
For the audience of menacing mothers and feisty fathers, though, the sight of 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch was a triumph: a clear
victory for Japan's emerging new class of “Monster Parents”.
For they had taken on the system and won. After a relentless campaign of bullying, hectoring and nuisance phone calls, the monster parents had cowed
the teachers into submission, forcing the school to admit to the injustice of selecting just one girl to play the title role.
Read the whole article. It really does get worse.
[edit on 2008/6/8 by GradyPhilpott]