New 'tiger mum' makes her 9-year-old son study 16 hours a day!
China's 'tiger mum' claims this will help him hone his "logistic-thinking ability"
Similar to original 'tiger mum' Amy Chua – a Yale law professor who demanded perfection from her two daughters – the new 'tiger mum' from Chongqing has been sparking heated debates in China, reported the South China Morning Post.
She has been making her 9-year-old son study 16 hours every day. This includes after-school lessons and weekend classes in piano, calligraphy, swimming and mathematics, mainland media reported.
The boy, from Chongqing, has a detailed schedule to follow. Copies of the schedule were shared online and sparked a huge debate, as reported by the Chongqing Times.
Starts extra studies at 6am, up till 10pm
He wakes up at 5am and starts his extra studies by 6am. He is allowed to stop studying at 10pm, before going to bed at 11pm.
During the weekdays, his mother, a graduate of China's prestigious Peking University – who said she had been brought up the same way by her father – makes her son take extra English classes in addition to having to do his homework after school.
Her son's weekends are spent taking extra classes in subjects including piano practice, calligraphy, swimming and exercises for the International Mathematical Olympiad.
"Not problematic as long as it's good for the child"
The mother, identified in the report only by her surname, Liu, told the newspaper that she had not expected the schedule of her son's extra curriculum studies to have triggered such a huge debate.
Learning the piano would boost his artistic talent, "which would help him to find a girlfriend", she said, while doing exercises in mathematics problems would "hone his logistic-thinking ability".
She said she had been reflecting on whether she was being too strict with her son, but had concluded that "it was not problematic as long as it's good for the child".
She also recommended that other parents adopt the methods she was using to educate her son.
News Source: The New Paper
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