(a collection of journals from Lee’s character education HPM participating families)
Bullying, teenagers with behavior problems, depression, suicide...
All of these are the ugly realities for many teenagers of today, the result of their mothers' unconditional, obsessive passion with getting them into top colleges and standing first in the class. As competition at school intensifies, children become stressed because of their schoolwork. Some become heartless, and are even vulnerable to suicide. Parents also have complaints. They complain that children these days are rude and selfish, they lack determination, and they treat adults like their servants.
What is the root of these problems?
The author strongly argues that it springs from a lack of character education. Of course, it's not that mothers are not aware of the importance of character education. The question is how character education is provided.
Often parents have no idea what to teach, and may not even know where to start. Character education is a type of education that is usually done through conversations at the dinner table at home, so it is hard to ask anyone for advice. That's why parents tend to believe that their children will somehow figure it out as they grow older. They think that all that matters is to get good grades, and that time will solve all the issues with character education. Then, they just stay busy yelling things at their children like "all you need to do is to be the top in school" or "all I want you to do is to go to the best college."
This book presents a fundamental solution to the issue.
Countless books on character education are already available. However, there are no other books that have introduced such detailed practice methods of character education, or tested them out in our everyday lives.