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