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FOR TL Friday AM?: Revealed: the big lie that could be wrecking your child's future

Cape Town bureau chief

Teachers, parents and politicians who tell children, “You can be anything!” are lying, according to research in the South African Journal of Education (http://www.sajournalofeducation.co.za/index.php/saje/article/view/1537/899).

Those who use the phrase genuinely want the best for young people in poor areas, said sociologist Katherine Morse. “They aim to encourage. However, what they offer is hope without substance.”

Children who embraced the lie “make plans for unattainable goals while neglecting to explore realistic possibilities”, said Morse, saying it was one of the reasons half of young people of school-leaving age are not in employment, education or training...

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