I’m not suggesting that all independents should be scrapped, but rather the system in which somebody can suggest that a perfectly able child is not ‘good enough’ needs adjusting. The other side to this coin of course (and it may look like I am contradicting myself a little here) is what has been referred to as ‘snow plough’ parents. These are individuals who endeavour to remove all obstacles to their child’s success in the hopes of promoting success, self-esteem and avoidance of failure. I probably don’t need to elaborate why that particular approach might be flawed. I will say however that it is just as likely to produce manic, anxious, depressed and/or deluded individuals. I’ve seen first-hand when this bubble is penetrated. The outcome can be violent and explosive.
There is no real conclusion to this blog. These affluent parents have their own set of problems. I suspect their solutions are not all that different either.