As a single and childless Taiwanese Beijinger, I can say that I have been integrated into Beijing in all aspects in recent years. The only thing I don’t understand is the vast education industry on the mainland.
I recently followed the trend of the drama “Little Will” and shared it with family members in Taiwan, “Is it such an exaggeration!” they nodded.
That’s why I interviewed a few relatives and friends around me, and the interviewees included people on both sides of the Bosphorus.
Chicken Baby and Buddhism
A friend of mine from Tianjin confessed to me that he had a typical “chicken chick” around him. Children in the sophomore year of primary school were enrolled in a total of three “development classes.” The monthly tuition fee for a primary school child (including recreational sports and nursing classes, etc.) is more than 10,000 yuan (RMB is the same as below).
“Just an ordinary family.” My friend stressed.
According to the statistics of a recruitment website in 2020, the average salary in Tianjin is about 7,000. If a couple owns a house at home and does not need to pay a mortgage, and a single person has an average income of a child, the tuition fee is still very worrying.
“It’s not so “chicken”, I saw those around me even more exaggerated.” My friend sighed.
And in this discussion, “We’re not so “chicken babies,” those around us are even more exaggerated” is what every interviewer says.
How much money do they spend per month on extracurricular lessons for primary school children, compared with their “chicken baby” friends in Tianjin and Beijing parents who convert to Buddhism in big cities?
“Beijing’s most ‘chicken’ school district is Haidian, followed by Xicheng and then Chaoyang District. Chaoyang parents are more Buddhist and if their child is in primary school, they pay more attention to their overall development. Violin, fencing, additional math, online English lessons, and community care classes are around a month It costs RMB 6,000.” A friend of mine from Beijing’s Chaoyang District told me.
“Expensive extracurricular activities and riding lessons are very expensive and unnecessary, but there are many parents around to sign up for their kids.”
There are several children’s riding classes in Beijing. This type of “riding club” experience once (about 45 minutes) ranges from a cheap 200 yuan to 300 or 400 yuan for a cheap price.
Taiwanese parents who collapsed in Shanghai
Friends from the mainland and I are popularizing science. In the vast “baby-raising” market, Beijing and Shanghai have completely different phenomena. Most of the good schools in Beijing are state-owned, although there are also good private schools, and many good primary and secondary schools in Shanghai are mostly private.
“Buddhism is Buddhism and I want Buddhism!” A friend from a Taiwanese worker in Shanghai recently shouted in anger.
A friend said his son attended a public elementary school in Shanghai and was not even good at writing a lot of homework. I am also the so-called “Buddhist family doll”. I hope my kids have more extracurricular activities to support karate, calligraphy, musical instruments and learn math and English online. Each month plus one private lesson, approximately 5,700 yuan.
However, the son now has to face the “junior promotion” (from primary to secondary school) and realize the dilemma of “Buddha family raising a baby”.
The Taiwanese friend did not buy a house in Shanghai, so the “success rate” for attracting public and private schools is not high. In Shanghai, a few top public secondary schools can also screen enrollees privately. Of course, good private schools have to take exams. Parents not only have to help their children make “rich resumes”, but they must also have money.
Taiwanese friends said their budget is about RMB 20,000 per semester. Prices for private secondary schools in Shanghai’s Pudong District range from 15,000 to 90,000 per semester.
“Twenty-one semesters, does a private secondary school in Shanghai count as just a mid- to low-budget school?” I cried. In Taiwan, private schools in so-called “noble girls’ high schools” may have to yield to tuition fees.
“Yes, I’m graying out. If public and private offices aren’t for me, I can only go to more expensive private offices or public offices with poorer facilities.”
“Didn’t you send your kids to a Taiwanese business school, as some Taiwanese do?” I asked.
“In the future, if I want my son to get into a mainland university, I want him to study at an equally competitive mainland university.”
Taiwanese parents who dropped out of mainland school
“The pressure on schools in mainland China is really huge. There is a Taiwanese business school in Shanghai. It’s time to send the kids to a Taiwanese business school.” A Taiwanese friend in Dongguan sighed.
A friend said her child was attending a mainland primary school, but facing great school pressure and hearing the woes of “junior promotion”, she transferred her child from elementary school to a business school in Taiwan. middle School.
There are currently three “Taiwanese business schools” in mainland China. Their academic qualifications are recognized by education departments in Taiwan and the mainland, and they can take entrance exams to Taiwan or mainland universities. Most of the teachers in the schools are Taiwanese, and most of the teaching materials are brought to the mainland by Taiwanese teachers.
“Children’s school pressure is really much worse.” he stressed.
Taiwan business schools are the best way for mainland Taiwanese parents to escape the “little upswing” on the mainland today. The most important thing is for their children to be able to de-stress.
Take Taiwanese business school in Dongguan as an example, primary school is 13 to 14 semesters, middle school is about 15,000, and high school is about 20,000. More expensive private schools abound in Dongguan and Shenzhen.
After asking these parents, I came to the conclusion that “middle-class parents after economic development think it can preserve the “present class” or even “class upgrading”.
This kind of education phenomenon is in line with what we imagined when we were in Taiwan: “The mainlanders are wolfish and extremely competitive.”
Then I saw a passage from the screenwriter of “Little Will.” “Ten years ago parents may have implanted their unfulfilled dreams into their children, but modern parents may not. They fear their children won’t be able to catch up, they don’t even want their children to run forward.”
Suddenly, I realized the same was true for this generation of Taiwanese parents. What is the difference between the two sides of the strait in this context?
(Guo Xuejun/Taipei Girl)
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