Yet, this modern mother might have found this movie disappointing. As she reflects and attempts to put her finger on what bothered her, she knows it was not learning about an AP science teacher who cut his student's homework in half and found the AP scores for that class went up. After all, this modern mother is a proponent of meaningful assignments that promote deep critical thinking and problem solving instead of busy work. This modern mother is 100% in favor of more sleep. She is also opposed to stress, depression and over-scheduling. She furthers thinks it would be wonderful for teachers to be revered like hedge-fund managers and paid like doctors. So really, one would think, she should have been a big fan of the film.
Maybe her beef is this: while the movie placed much of the blame on schools and government, this modern mother came away feeling that the problems these parents are complaining about are largely of their own making (for those who have seen it - this comment does not apply to the tragedy in the film). After all, who is telling these children they need to get straight A's to succeed? Who is driving these children to their myriad activities and asking the school for more homework, more honors and AP classes? Who is so afraid that their children will not get into a top tier college that they start preparing their child's college resume in 6th grade?
Today's reality is this: the children of parents who attended top tier colleges have a much lower change of being accepted by a similarly ranked institution. Of course this sounds scary. All parents want what the best for their child. But are parents taking the time to understand who their child is and what would be best for him or her? Because statistically, if the majority of any population is gifted - doesn't that just make gifted the new average?
Ok, so it's good that these parents have woken up and are trying to stop managing their children, their children's activities and homework. It's good they want to tell the world that over-scheduling and constant pushing is taking a huge toll on the mental health of school children and young adults in college. It's good they want to illustrate how these children are freaking out and failing out because really, it seems to this modern mother, you can only force someone to do things and pretend to be someone they aren't for so long.
So, go see this thought-provoking movie, and please tell us what you think.