What’s driving Chinese parents to sacrifice everything at the altar of education

Parents encourage students about to appear in the National College Entrance Exam at Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province of China.

Synopsis

As children cram for their studies, their parents are cramming along with them, believing that they should be good role models. Is all this hyper-learning normal or good? Economically speaking, this is a sign that social mobility is shrinking; everyone feels compelled to grasp the last inch of rope that will airlift them to a better life.

Li JingkuiBecause of the pandemic, the parent-teacher conferences for my elder daughter, who is in the fifth grade, had to be postponed. Recently, they started up again.The meeting I attended was a major affair, as if a war was imminent and the troops were being readied before the bugle sounds. The discussion was substantive as well. The teachers who presented and the students and parents who attended all came well-prepared. Joining their kids

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