Chi­nese par­ents seek sym­pa­thy on Weibo over kids’ crazy home­work as­sign­ments

Global Times - - Mosaic -

Just days into the new school se­mes­ter, and par­ents across China are com­plain­ing about some of the bizarre home­work as­sign­ments given to their young kids.

Ac­cord­ing to a post mak­ing the rounds, a fourth grade teacher sur­named Su in Foshan, Guang­dong Province asked stu­dents to count 100 mil­lion grains of rice as part of a les­son on ex­tremely large num­bers.

So­cial me­dia users cal­cu­lated it would take roughly one year to count 100 mil­lion grains.

“Is it a par­ent-garten or kinder­garten,” wrote Sina Weibo user “jiushiyaoni­baobaowoma.”

An­other par­ent in Zhe­jiang Province said the stress of help­ing her pre-schooler record the shape of the moon at mid­night for 30 con­sec­u­tive days has re­sulted in her los­ing weight.

While the mother claimed she lost “four kilo­grams” stay­ing up and tak­ing pho­tos of the moon for him to copy, she didn’t find too much sym­pa­thy on Sina Weibo, where some said the as­sign­ments are most likely de­signed to en­cour­age cre­ative think­ing and par­ent-child in­ter­ac­tion.

“The moon as­sign­ment isn’t bizarre at all. Why didn’t the par­ent just tell her kid to pick a dif­fer­ent time to record the moon in­stead of do­ing the home­work her­self?” wrote “yangjinx­i­aofen.”

“Draw­ing the moon is at least bet­ter than count­ing 100 mil­lion rice grains,” com­mented “hes­hudeza­huopu.”

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