So­ci­ety: Pushy par­ents spoil their chil­dren’s happy child­hood

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

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.

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