Chinese parents pushing kids to be leaders may do more harm than good

15:30, October 14, 2010      

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How eager are Chinese children to become leaders? A recent survey shows that 90 percent of students in Beijing's primary schools want to be their class leader.

In order to help children to succeed in the keen competition of class affairs distribution, some parents even went to the schools to request class affairs posts for their children. All the students of certain classes were even selected as class leaders.

A basic desire of Chinese parents seems to be the hope that their children will have a bright future. Therefore, people attach importance to their children's education and in paving the "road to growth" for their children.

Every parent makes full efforts to provide various material and spiritual conditions for their children's success. This leads to a phenomenon with Chinese characteristics where parents will do everything they can to send their children to famous schools starting from kindergartens to primary schools and later colleges.

Hoping to attend the best schools for children is not enough nowadays. Parents also need to strive for rewards and class affairs posts for their children. However, parents may not have considered that such quick success and instant benefits perhaps will only adversely affect their children's future.

The younger generation of China has been criticized as an "effeminate generation." They are selfish, fragile and arrogant. The generation of the "only child" is the "Little Emperor" in the family. They know nothing but seeking pleasure. The children are actually not "Emperors" but "Puppet Emperors," because their personalities exactly reflect the narrow-mindedness and short-sightedness of their parents. They are more like a "Kidnapped Generation."

By People's Daily Online


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