Essays on the hidden risks/dangers of academic success (and pressure towards it)

Coming from a culture which valorizes the straight-A child, the following pieces weren’t easy to write. Nevertheless, they represent my efforts over the past few years in trying to persuade my readers (and generally anyone who’d listen) than academia/schooling/education (particularly in my Asian/Malaysian context) doesn’t deserve the ‘glory’ it’s often bestowed.

By all means, we must continue sending our children to school and helping/guiding them however we can. But the obsession with top grades and a ‘glowing’ report card has to stop. Below are more than a dozen essays why (plus related topics):

Edu-trainer, Žižek studies, amateur theologian, columnist.