I believe that stress due to academic pressure is a major cause of depression (and even suicide) among many teenage students (esp in Singapore and Malaysia). The ingrained Asian belief that academic success (usually defined as "scoring as many As' as possible" in every exam) is the ONLY way forward in life is responsible for creating so much misery and unnecessary pain for many students.
The problem is made worse because most parents and educators cannot envision any alternatives to this kind of thinking ("I don't want my children / students to fail or be merely mediocre, so I will continue pressuring them to excel in almost everything").
And thus many teenagers and young students are pushed to succeed in areas they have no talent in or passion for, creating lots of stress and risking something worse.
But there is a better way. A much better way.
This involves redefining what academic excellence can mean. It involves adapting Nassim Taleb's anti-fragile "Barbell Strategy" and helping students, parents and teachers apply this 'strength-based' form of learning (not just to education, but to as much of life as possible).
I have published about this issue online and even shared it with one or two schools. However, I hope to talk more about this in international conferences, in the hope that more interest and conversations can be generated.
I hope, therefore, to present a paper in the International Conference on Education & Social Sciences in Singapore next February.
As such, I would appreciate your help to raise the amount I need for only the conference fees (in this case, it's USD410-440). If you can help me with approximately USD400, I will gladly pay the remainder plus the travel (bus) and accommodation costs (hostels or budget places).
The reason for the Dec 9 deadline is because authors have up til Dec 10 to make payment.
My main goal is to help reduce the overall psychological and emotional stress faced by students, with the possible add-on benefit of them experiencing a more effective way to learn.