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I think it is true, comparing my own education to my girlfriend's son's. |
Chinese kids don't have a social life, in comparison. They study only the "important" subjects. Chinese, English, Math, etc. We have PE classes with lots of games, Art, Music, Home Economics, etc. We have a wider education, at the expense of a more thorough education in the things the government considers more important. Add to that the fact that Chinese kids are not done when they get out of school; they go home and do homework for 3 hours each night. On weekends, they take extra-curricular classes. These are more fun and less stressful than the weekday classes, but it is still more schooling. (my girlfriend's son takes Robotics, Calligraphy, and piano lessons on Saturday, and extra English on Friday nights)
Result? No social life, except brief time with schoolmates. No going to a friend's house to play video games for hours. No sports practice after school every day, or sports games on weekends. The entire focus of their childhood seems to be on education.
Later, they are successful, due to this education and a good work ethic. But the poor kids, they missed their childhood.
Even when I was going through school in the 80s and 90s, it was like this. The Chinese kids in American suburban schools could only play for an hour or so after school. After that, homework-homework-homework for their Advanced Placement classes their parents insist upon.
What is the use of this great education, if they are not happy?