The Chinese parents who homeschool their kids, and why they reject public education

Jul 15, 2018 by

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Homeschooling advocate Yuan Honglin and his daughter, Yuan Xiaoyi (center, with glasses), pose for a photo with other ‘sishu’ students in Haiyan County, Zhejiang province. Courtesy of Yuan Honglin

Like homeschoolers elsewhere, parents in China don’t trust a rigid public school system to give their kids a rounded children and foster their creativity; some Beijing parents have gone a step further and fund an alternative school

Ocean Tsang, 10, who lives in Beijing, has a passion for the traditional Chinese storytelling art of pingshu. He can regale his parents with tales like a seasoned raconteur.

His father, Tsang Tsz-kin, a dance teacher from Hong Kong, plans to enrol him in the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in September.

Most Hong Kong parents would prefer their children to enter a prestigious university, then land a job in finance, medicine or engineering, and would balk at the thought or their offspring pursuing such an unusual career path. Tsang, however, says it’s more important that his children pursue an avenue of study that they love.

That is one of the reasons Tsang decided to homeschool Ocean and his little sister, while teaching modern dance part time. He says it has helped him to identify Ocean’s real interests.

Source: The Chinese parents who homeschool their kids, and why they reject public education | South China Morning Post

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