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The right to play?

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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

Are we taking things too far in this pursuit of excellence?

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Synchronised divingCitius, Altius, Fortius or Faster, Higher, Stronger goes the Olympic motto, but is world sport pushing things a bit too hard?

I’m talking about the way young children are chosen at an early age and groomed for success, often at the expense of their childhood and their education.

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