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Should parents sent children to extra curricular classes? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-4-24 16:10:52 |Display all floors
This post was edited by PPsally at 2012-4-24 16:13

I was young, my parents never sign me up for any extra classes as parents generally didn't value education as much as they do now in rural area.

I had a playful childhood, sweet memories.

Anyway, look at those children in cities, like Beijing. I have sympathy for these children. Their weekends are totally occupied by  extra curricular classes, eg English class, Piano, Calligraphy, swimming---.

Many Chinese parents have a mindset which is "Never let your children lose at the start line" {:soso_e127:}{:soso_e127:}

I'm thinking what I should do if I have a baby in the future.

Any suggestions? Do I have to be a "tiger mom"?  cuz I don't want to be. But I worry about my child's future, too.



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Post time 2012-4-24 18:24:03 |Display all floors
Encourage them to have interests outside of school, but never force them - they will only resent you in later times, and not enjoy the activity that you pushed them into.

A new-born child has a natural desire to learn and experience new things. Nuture that aspect when they are babies, and it will remain with them for life, supress it (spoil them, do everything for them), and they will depend on you to push them into everything.

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Post time 2012-4-24 18:55:45 |Display all floors
the same thing parents in Greece do.
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Post time 2012-4-25 10:39:24 |Display all floors
RealMadrid1 Post time: 2012-4-24 18:24
Encourage them to have interests outside of school, but never force them - they will only resent you ...

So never put a square peg in a round hole? that's a new phrase I learned.

Yeah, I partially agree with you.

I would worry that my kid's study would lag behind and the low scores would frustrate her

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Post time 2012-4-25 18:58:10 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Bandito at 2012-4-25 18:59

This Chinese mindset is wrong. As my Japanese mate sarcastically suggested, there are too many of them so competition. Sports such as football, athletics, sailing are extra curricular activities not high brow non sense like piano, orchestral singing and affectation beloved of social climbers

I loath social climbers and that woman in the post epitomises it{:soso_e110:}
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Post time 2012-4-25 21:07:56 |Display all floors
Extra curricular activities, yes, but only if the child shows interest in it (but you should not let the child drop the class after one or two lessons if he/she said he/she wants to attend, then he/she has to understand the meaning of commitment).

The question you ask yourself is do you want your child to be made of the same mould than every other child or do you want your child to develop his/her own personality ?
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Post time 2012-4-25 21:42:17 |Display all floors
Encourage them to have interests outside of school, but never force them - they will only resent you in later times, and not enjoy the activity that you pushed them into.

A new-born child has a natural desire to learn and experience new things. Nuture that aspect when they are babies, and it will remain with them for life, supress it (spoil them, do everything for them), and they will depend on you to push them into everything

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