After a long year, the school finally ended. No more essaies to write, no more tests or exams. Although it’s kind of sad, because many many friends are leaving, especially a lot of them are some new friends I just made this year. But anyways, it’s summer time! Just when I thought my parents I are going to get out of shanghai, a place I’ve lived almost 10 years, to some where awesome like U.S.A, “great” news just came into my ear: we are going to say in Shanghai, and I am going to take summer school reading and writing. Isn’t that “great”? A question suddenly came into my mind: Why do parents let their child take so much extra lessons?
I think, and think, finally came up with a bunch of theories. The first one, which is obvious one, better acdenmics, better future. One of all the parents’ dream is that they want to see their kids going to a famous university like Stanford, after they graduated from college, they can go get a master degree, then doctor degree, then get a brillient job, then… And they think to go in a famous caollege, and eventually have a brillient jod, it had to start from small.
Second, when a kid go to a school, he’ll make friends. When he has friends in school, he’ll invite his friends to his house over the weekends, and then his friend will have to have their parents pick him up, and eventually, their parents will become friends. When become friends, they’ll alway ask each other quetions about their kids. One of the question that the parents ask the most is, “What lesson does your kid/kids take after school or during weekends?” Some parents ask it because this their first kid, everthing’s like first time. Surely, they do, but they don’t know how, so they basiclly let their kid take whatever the other kids take, or just let take everthing to see which one works the best.
Last, some parents get annoyed quickly by having their kid around, because when people are young, their minds are full of criosities, they are gonna ask a lot of questions over and over again. Parent want to stay away from their kids as long as possible, so especially weekends, they’ll arang tons of extra lessons, so then the parents will have more freedom where they can go shopping, watch movies, work out, do some sports…
After my inquiring and exploring, it is kind of understandable for me of why do parents give their child so much extra lessons, except the last one. But no matter how much they want their kids to be great, by letting their kid taking extra lessons, they should all remember, there alway a limit for a kid to handle.
An essay entitled “Acdenmics? Why?”, by Wilson, age 13.
The assignment was an “Inquire & Explore” essay. Wilson explored the logic — and, more relevantly, illogic — of his parents paying thousands of RMB to have him taught by the likes of me.
Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, responding to Edge.org’s 2013 Annual Question: “What should we be worried about?” His essay is fascinating, though the final paragraph — in which (far as I can tell) he basically validates the eugenics program and directs his concern towards the West’s potential reaction — seems at odds with the rest of it.