Speaking Out about Education- Part 5/6

It is wrong to shame teachers as the ABC news segment in Part 1 shows, when a child does not perform well in class.

Instead, teachers should be embarrassing students for not doing homework, studying for tests or reading the assignments.

This is the way most parents in China act. If embarrassing the child works, the child deserves being treated that way.

The reason you do not see children getting in trouble in this video clip taken in China is that most of the Chinese children have learned that they have to do as they are told to avoid being embarrassed. 

Our daughter graduated from high school this year (2010).  From third grade, for the next ten years she had straight As.  She graduated with a PGA higher than 4.66 and was accepted to Stanford University. 

Her mother and I taught her early that homework came first and we expected her to read instead of watch TV. She never had a TV or video game in her room.  She had books checked out from a local library to read.

As a family, we watched TV two or three hours on the weekend—never during school days and homework and at least an hour of reading had to happen daily.

– to be continued

Return to Speaking Out About Education – Part 4


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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