As a Chinese language doctoral scholar elevating a younger son within the U.S., I’m mystified by how American elementary faculties coddle college students. In China, faculties are run like boot camps. What do the therapeutic comforts America showers on its youth portend for a rising competitors with China?
I lately registered my son within the third grade at a New Jersey public college. Hattie had lately completed two years of elementary college in Chengdu, China, the place he trotted off to highschool every day with a backpack filled with thick textbooks and supplies for practices and quizzes. Right here he leaves for college with little in his backpack aside from a required “wholesome snack.”