More than 3,000 Chinese children aged three to six years old are studying two hours a day for their “early MBA,” reports The Telegraph. Middle-class parents are investing heavily to make sure their one child grow up to be a winner.
An exceptional early education and an early introduction to the world of business are seen as the best ways to ensure that a child stands out from the millions of graduates who annually make up a huge oversupply of job applicants.
At the Fastrackids Academy, toddlers attend life goal and earth science classes and are taught the management skills needed to secure a boardroom seat and fat bonus.
The program has one teacher for every two students. It teaches 12 subjects, including astronomy, mathematics, economics, natural sciences and creativity.
Surveys claim 60 per cent of Chinese families in major cities now spend one-third of their income on their child’s education.
Many Chinese families can’t afford costly private kindergartens, complains Beijing News editorial on educational equality.
In the ongoing Guangzhou Children’s Education Expo, Zhu Jiaxiong, vice-chairman of the China National Society of Early Childhood Education, showed two photographs when talking about fairness in preschool education. One of the photos shows a well-decorated kindergarten that cost 200 million yuan (US$25.3 million), while the other features a rural child playing in a muddy field.
. . . Some kindergartens now charge even more than universities.
Via Richard Colvin’s Early Stories.