Society: Pushy parents spoil their children’s happy childhood
Keen to make sure their children don’t lag behind at the “starting line,” many Chinese parents are sending their children to a wide range of extracurricular activities. Referred to as “interest-oriented courses” in China, they range from arts performance and sports to math contests. In some cases, children are pushed into study courses beyond their intellectual level or not in line with their interests. With their kids overburdened by these courses, many parents are struggling to strike the right balance between providing their children a happy childhood and keeping them competitive from an early age.