The pressure of being a child in China
August 2, 2009 3:10am CST
The pressure of being a child in China is sometimes even more than an adult. Children by the age of six must learn English, recite Chinese poems, play a piano and many other activities. While Children in North America are enjoying their weekends, Chinese children spend weekends working hard taking extra classes and are sometimes forced to learn. Overpopulation and strong competition force children to start competing aggressively at a very young age.
21 Jan 13
Chinese children really are under a lot of pressure now:( But from the point of view of an adult, it's good for you, and I presume that it's better than living abroad during there childhood years. Your efforts will pay back one day and you'll be proud of yourself when you grow up.
21 Jan 13
The underlying problem around this issue is that Chinese parents should't be so anxious, worried and stressful about their kids' study. What they need is a free and comprehensive development, and they don't have to learn what they are not interested in. Even if they are pushed to do that, there wouldn't be satisfactory results anyway. Besides, parents shouldn't forciblly put their unmet objectives on their kids, and count on them to realize your dreams. That's pathetic, unreasonable and unpracticle. In short, dear binghua, if you are a child now, please do not be rebellous toward your parents and their requirements. Try to communicate with your parents, tell them what is that you really like to learn. I think any sensible parent will let their child learn what they wants. But school subjects are another issue. You are strongly suggested, anyway, to be good at school subjects. You may not be No.1 or top 10, but believe me they are good for your further development. Try hard and work on it.
2 Aug 09
You really make great sense at this point!Being a child in China is so tough as you're supposed to be forced to lose freedom and joy of childhood you should possess and enjoy. It is a strange regular rule that children should learn English,take any extra classes out of school at weekends regardless of their feelings. It seems that few children can have their own time and share their opinions as they are completely controled and dominated by parents. Personally,i experienced the same way and i saw it as a disaster since i don't think that i can figure out any feasible ways to deal with it.
• Hubei, China
15 Jan 13
As a adult,what he should do is not to make his child successful but happy.Is that right? Millions of people succeed not because of hard work at school but good thinking ability by themselves.At present creativity is the most important instead of marks in class.This is why I give up being a teacher at school.I will never force my child to study in the future.
12 Aug 09
In fact in China,there are not a part of the educational methods,only to let children know that knowledge can grow up to become a knowledge.but they ignored the correct guidance.because the method does not lead.so let the children feel that there is great pressure,resulting in more children to learm to accept less.so become a vicious circle.here,i hope that the chinese parents,children,education,and guidance to the right reasonable access to education to enable them to become socially useful talents.