I really feel for the little kids who get yelled at by their parents in public. Today while sipping coffee and reading a book, I saw this cute little asian guy getting a yelling from his dad who was waving around one of those textbooks asian parents use to help your kids do better at school. Poor little guy!
He was just sitting outside all alone, I'm sure feeling like a complete loser, not knowing how to square root something or cross multiply something else. I just wanted to go up to him and hug him. Reassure him and tell him, this too shall pass.
I too was one who shed tears over not knowing the answer to a question in one of those books. I hated those books! Hated it ... at the time. I felt bad not knowing the answer, I felt embarressed that I was yelled at, I felt shame that I was disappointing my parents especially when you know they were both dux in school, graduated with x class honours etc.
I wish all kids out there would know the benefit of all those hours spent working out problems, missing tv shows or computer games. It does make a difference and I am a better person for going through it. Basic mathematical problems became easier to work out and comprehension helped me train for the HSC. Trust me kids, suck it up. I know its hard but its so worth it!