Changing China

Giant on the move

The right to play?

November 20, 2009

Fierce competition for jobs and university places, and great expectations from parents, are pushing China ’s only children to their limits.
Two-three year olds learn English, and experimental classes aim to put “little geniuses” in university seven years ahead of their peers.
Are the children in this video losing their “right to play”, as stated by UN in the Convention of the Rights of the Child?

Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

Video credit: Wang Shubing and Kitty Bu


The Chinese focus on a great education from a young age, and that is why they succeed.They are hard working people. And they know how to spot a good opportunity and invest in it.admin

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

The problem is that “the right to play” is not enforceable. The children are too young to complain, and anyway, all the parents are having the same mind-set.The only change possible is through the example of the ruling class, and the stories of the rich and famous.As long as it’s still possible for people to get rich without going to universities, the pressure on children will ease.


Oh goodness, the 7 yr olds are learning algebra. Most kids in the U.S. are still counting with their fingers!

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