Parents are known to go to great lengths to ensure that their children get the best possible education. A couple of parents from China stunned the Internet when it was revealed that they had created a whopping 15-page resume to secure their son’s admission to a reputed school.
The child’s resume has detailed graphics of all the dozens of cities he has visited. It presents an executive summary of the eight traits he possesses — creativity, strength, courage, kindness, loving nature, curiosity, and perseverance. “I never cried when I got vaccine shots, and since I was one-and-a-half, I have always gotten myself back up after a fall,” the boy states in the document (Inkstone News).
A 5-page attachment lists the hundreds of English language books the child has read “as of September 30.” The boy is said to read about 500 books every year and his hobbies include swimming, travel, hip-hop, piano, and soccer. The kid’s parents reportedly attended the famous Fudan University in Shanghai and have good corporate jobs.
Someone uploaded the resume on social media site, Weibo, and the document went viral, attracting more than 20,000 comments. People were apparently stunned at the effort put into getting an admission.
While some users admired the parents for the hard work involved in creating such a detailed presentation, other users criticized that the document represents the pressure most parents undergo in securing a good education for their kids. A social media user joked that the resume was more elaborate than their college admission essay.
Dealing with stress
The boy has a stressful life on the weekends, but this is something most parents justify as a necessity. “We have no choice — we are pushed by others… Everybody else’s kids are learning at least two musical instruments and attending coaching classes… The kids’ schedules on the weekends are back to back. If we don’t do that, we become ‘abnormal,'” Jiang Yin, mother of an 11-year-old daughter, said to ABC News.
The child’s weekend schedule is filled with multiple activities aimed at preparing him for admission to a top educational institute. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., he spends time debating in English and delivering speeches. At 1:30 p.m., Taekwondo classes begin. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., he takes Spanish lessons. And from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the boy performs English dramas and musicals.
The Chinese education system has been criticized by childcare experts for being too stressful on children. Kids reportedly spend so much time studying that they tend to miss out on other fun aspects of childhood. Psychologists warn that such an education system will only end up producing stressed out, paranoid individuals.
“I was in school and my teacher said my class was too naughty, so although we started lessons at 7 a.m., we had to stay on to work until 7 p.m… With our shocked looks and disgruntled sounds, the teacher then said we had to stay for 15 more hours. The more startled we became, the more the teacher kept increasing the hours. In the end, we had to stay for three days. I was so scared,” an 8-year-old student said, relaying his recent nightmare to South China Morning Post.
In a poll conducted in Hong Kong, about 21.7 percent of school students stated that they were in extreme stress from having to deal with too much homework and complaints of unsatisfactory academic performance. A balanced lifestyle is an alien concept when cut-throat competition is the norm.