Yes, I think parents in Asia got it completely wrong. And they somehow successfully forced schools to conspire to the fallacy that examinations determine a child, that the only way to “succeed” is to enter a prestigious university and then get a trainee job in a large corporation.
Unfortunately, this is a typical situation of self-fueled escalation. Everyone knows there is something wrong, but everyone is afraid that if he doesn’t follow, he will lose out.
It is sad to see children being the victim in all these, and when they grow up, they become either a complete introvert or an aggressive rebel, or both — as we see in the rise in internet bullies….