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[quote=“TIME”][size=59]Asia’s Overscheduled Kids
Forget about playtime. Children today are caught up in an endless race of extra tuition sessions, tennis classes, piano lessons, late-night homework and much, much more. Are we preparing them for success or overloading them with stress?
BY LIAM FITZPATRICK
The “E.M.B.A.” program that kicks off on a Sunday morning in the heart of Shanghai’s financial district is much like any other curriculum designed to train the future business leaders of China. “We give students the tools they need to build up their confidence,” says Vivian Liu, general manager of the popular two-year-old program, which has seen 1,500 participants pass through its doors. But the difference between Liu’s course and others is this: when the demands of subjects like economics or communications get too taxing, her students might just respond by having a good cry and asking for their mommies. How so? They’re children. The e in this E.M.B.A. program stands not for executive but early, and the oldest student in the class is age 6. Civil servant He Jiachen sends his 3-year-old, He Xingzhen, to the E.M.B.A. course while he and his wife pursue their own adult M.B.A.s. “My son is developing well,” he says. “In class, he isn’t afraid of giving speeches, and he likes to be a team leader in group activities.”
High expectations for children are nothing new in China, where the need to master the thousands of characters necessary for basic literacy