Parents in China were lining up to enrol their children in a pricey summer course that promised to turn them into ‘wonder kids’. The course claimed to teach children how to read a book in 20 seconds, or identify a playing card by touch.
Around thirty pupils aged from seven to seventeen took part in the course that cost over $15,000 each.
However, ten days later, the children’s abilities remained as ordinary as before.
"I found that my child learned nothing except how to cheat," one parent told The Guardian newspaper.
Another parent told the paper that the teachers allegedly convinced his daughter she could read cards by touch. Although eventually she failed to do so, like all the others, other parents were reportedly reluctant to accept the truth.
It’s believed that the case emphasizes the lengths to which parents are ready to go to help their children survive in the highly competitive modern education system.
Last year a research by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that in China 68% of people thought parents put too much pressure on students.
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