Research topics in life outside academia


Dead Poets Society

e.g., the scene above between Neil and Todd

Operation Varsity Blues

The US College Admission Scandal

Shaq's Plans for his children

Starting at 20:30 min [to 24:00 min]

Toni Erdmann

A hippy father and a consultant daughter


e.g., Episode 1 - The Miscast Champion

Into the Beat

Ballet or Hip Hop Dance?


What to do if you get rejected everywhere, but your parents really want you to go to college?

Bend it like Beckham


King Richard

Biopic about the upbringing of Venus & Serena Williams. Plus a few scenes of parental behavior you encounter at Tennis tournaments...

October Sky

A son's dream to escape a mining town and produce rockets. And his father's (and town's) belief that he belongs down in the mines. What will he do?


  • Educated, by Tara Westover (Goodreads)

  • Open, by Andre Agassi (Goodreads)

  • I am not your perfect Mexican daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez (Goodreads)

  • A woman is no man, by Etaf Rum (Goodreads)

  • The Inequality Machine, by Paul Tough (Goodreads)

  • The Price of Admission, by Daniel Golden (Goodreads)

  • Du bleibst was Du bist, by Marco Maurer (Goodreads)

  • The Meritocracy Trap, by Daniel Markovits (Goodreads)


Freakonomics, Episode 479. The Economist's Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later, especially the ~4 minutes starting at ca. 35:30 minutes (Steven Levitt talking about and to his daughters about educational/career choices)

Media (& Social Media)

See this discussion around socio-economic gaps in educational outcomes on Twitter and the various points raised in the comments [in German]

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