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Mum's mistake;Jotter

Parents encourage children to better themselves, but does it happens the other way round? Research into students' experiences of higher education after access courses (page 32) suggests that youthful tolerance is limited.

Emma, the 11-year-old daughter of BA student Esme Docherty, said:

"When my mum went to college I hated it. She was always in the bedroom revising and studying. First year was even worse. We hardly ever saw mum, plus eating burgers, fish fingers and easy cook microwave meals every night wasn't very nice at all."

Things got better during second year. Emma's uncommon aversion to fish fingers and burgers was catered for. Mum became "a lot happier and didn't shout so much. We had nice meals for a change and she made lots of new friends. We all went on holiday to Whitley Bay together."

But Emma's conclusion is that her "really clever" mum had been "stupid" leaving school instead of going to university when she was young.

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