Recently I was introduced to a family of five – grandparents, parents and only heir, a 7-year-old boy who is full of active curiosity about the world around him.
I asked the father, “Does the child have to attend extracurricular lessons?” “Well, several,” answered the father, “covering mathematics, Chinese, and English.”
“Weren’t all these training entities restricted after ‘Double Reduction’?” I asked.
The “double reduction” policy, which aims to drastically reduce school work and off-campus tutoring, was implemented in July last year and has since suspended a number of educational programs.
“Well, it is not necessary for them to know their former names,” said the father sarcastically.
For example, mathematics has become a “fun innovation”.
Or they can simply develop into playgrounds, like the children’s edition of gobinchaLive role-playing games (LARP) that have been a craze among youngsters in recent years.
You will be amazed at how much learning can be facilitated in this information and entertainment environment.
For example, in the takagism scenario, children can only escape from the room after solving some difficult math problems, worthy of some Olympiad, while utilizing the instructions of the DM (Dungeon Master), a role now played by actual teachers. There are also dramas written to teach kids to program in Python or C++. Characters who don’t play, are also on standby, ready to expand on test items.
Some Chinese students have often been criticized for their shortcomings in creativity and innovation, but it is clear that these extracurricular lessons do not lack the desire to constantly reinvent to continue their previous work.
One estimate suggests that in the more than 3,000 LARP places currently available in the country, 80 percent of them are the alter ego of former educational training entities.
The double cut has forced many previous off-campus educational programs to change their work status, but it seems too soon for regulators to declare victory as these LARP variants are allowed to continue to stoke parental anxiety to push their children to outperform their peers.
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Some tutorials also circumvent restrictions in other ways.
There have been reports of earlier educational programs converted into cafes where children can sit down to a cup of coffee at 300 yuan (US$43) and then be taught about individual topics.
So I think the regulator needs to innovate in tandem to regulate the market more effectively.
I recently conducted a randomized survey of parents with school-aged children.
One, surnamed Tao, in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, spent 50,000 to 60,000 yuan a year on her daughter, a fourth-grade student, to get online lessons in drawing, English, Belles-lettres (read: Chinese), science, Mathematics, and offline. Instructions in assembly, Lego / Robotics, dance, percussion flute, piano, and badminton. Each session takes between 45 minutes to two hours.
The super mum is also constantly updating her investment portfolio. Since the Lego series is mainly based on the module, it has been replaced by Science, which has found “more encyclopedias”.
The woman admitted that her daughter’s fertilization plan had been influenced by “double reduction” initiatives.
Her daughter used to take English lessons from VIPKID, with instructions previously given by professional teachers from abroad, but due to compliance with current policy, these teachers were later replaced by robots, forcing her to stop signing up.
The daughter’s composition class, which was more appropriately offered on weekends, must be on Friday evenings, due to the new restrictions.
Another girl named Ju, a second-year middle school student in Shanghai, has math, English and physics lessons from yuanfudao.com on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the evening, each taking two hours, with a total cost of more than 4,000 yuan for one term. This is in addition to a 1.5 hour drawing class on weekends.