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TES talks to... Michael Carr-Gregg

The world-renowned child psychologist tells Brittany Vonow that parents need to become more like schools to tackle the teenage mental health crisis

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“Kids these days,” people scowl, “they don’t know how to stand on their own two feet, they are always wanting more for less and they want praise for doing basic tasks.”

It is likely that few teachers will see the next generation quite so negatively.

While they may agree with the symptoms identified – anecdotally, many teachers report an increase in students struggling with many aspects of life – the attitude of the teaching profession is not to criticise or disparage, but to try and find out why students are struggling so that issues can be overcome. Teachers want to know how can they do that ...

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