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How about those Chinese parents

Popularity 2Viewed 2264 times 2014-12-8 04:50 |System category:Life| Chinese, education

It seems one of Chinese parents' ultimate dreams is for their child to go to the US to a major university. While all of them would like the university to be an Ivy League school, just being at a good, reputable, university could certainly give their child the competitive edge that they would need to have a prosperous future.&nbsp;<div>I have an English professor from Beijing renting from me for a year along with her 10 year old daughter. She is observing the way American universities teach English. She will write a thesis on what she observed and will take it back home to be presented to her university.&nbsp;<div>The daughter is in the fifth grade. Over the past year her English has improved dramatically, and of course she is the top student in her class. She is tops, because she is smart, and because her work ethic is phenomenal. She goes to school from 7:45 until 2:45, comes home and does her homework, and then reads English books, until around 7pm. As her mom fixes dinner, she is practicing her Chinese writing. During dinner, and for about an hour, she is allowed to watch a Disney channel show ( her mom knows exactly what she is watching). After the hour has expired, she goes back to reading Chinese books, and English books alternatively. She goes to bed after bathing, around 11 pm.Their is no such thing as idol time for this bright young lady. I often talk to them about how impressed I am with her mothering skills and her daughter for her work ethic. Believe me, they are not perfect ( you should hear them argue sometimes), but their effort is great. &amp;amp;amp;nbsp;It is easy for me to see why china is moving ahead, or past American in virtually everything.China, be proud for your efforts, but not arrogant. It seems American universities are changing the way they look at college applicants. It is not just the high test score they are looking for. Now, top universities want students with high test scores, they want students who are well rounded with extra- curricular activities, and students who have some community service work. In other words, they are looking for students who are well rounded. &amp;amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;There is a growing number of Chinese parents who want to send their children to America to go to high school. &amp;amp;amp;nbsp;They have been taught the work ethic of how to study, now they are looking for becoming the well rounded student that universities are looking for. America cannot teach them how to study, but we can teach them how to do community service, join sports and other extra curricular activities. &amp;amp;amp;nbsp;These Chinese students can also graduate from America and have an easier time gaining entrance into universities here.&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;So what do you think about parents who are willing to send their children halfway around the world to go to high school? Some might think it is harsh to let them go at such an early age, while others think Chinese "push their children out of the nest" earlier because they can handle it.&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;gt;What I believe goes back to the first sentence of this blog. Chinese parents know what they want for their children and do what they can to help them obtain it. My hats of to you chinese!&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;</div></div>

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