(WARNING: BROAD POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE GENERALIZATIONS TO FOLLOW.)
Let's face it, all parents are disappointed by their children. It goes with the territory.
My father, for example, openly weeped when I dropped out of the accounting and engineering programs at Syracuse University to pursue my dream of being a writer. (On those slow days between freelance gigs, I secretly wish I had listened to his wisdom.)
Nevertheless, when Jewish kids fall short of parental aspirations, Jewish mothers and fathers reach for the oft-played guilt card.
Faced with same dilemma, Muslim parents on the other hand, check the deductibles on the Allstate policy and reach for the keys to the Buick.