A newspaper story appeared saying an education organization in Guangzhou started an MBA program for children of three to six years old. The World Journal reports that the courses are ‘imported’ from the United States and the tuition is over RMB20,000($3,000).
The program provides 12 courses such as creativity, creative writing, public speech skills, arts, economics and communication. More than 300 little MBA students have been registered. To nurture students’ independence, parents are not allowed to enter classroom.
Which sounds very iffy.
Now the story has been picked up by China Daily which says the story originally ran in the Beijing Star Daily.
It said that the training program, called ‘genius baby,’ includes 12 courses such as mathematics, English, economics, and natural science, and has enrolled 1500 children so far.
But many of the children cry throughout classes such as economics and mass communications as they are too young to understand them.
Ms. Wang, a clerk in the genius baby training center, said that EMBA has been carefully designed for children in order to foster their communication and creative abilities.
Du Yasong, a child psychology scholar from a child psychology research center in Shanghai, said it is not proper for parents to enroll children in extracurricular study programs such as EMBA without thoroughly researching it first. The original story may, then, have been of a genuine incident. The mind boggles.
Source: New America Media and China Daily