04 Apr '11, 6am

More than two-thirds of Hong Kong parents value academic results over their child's health: Poll

HONG KONG - MORE than two-thirds of Hong Kong parents value academic results over their child's health, a poll has found. While 72.2 per cent of parents rated academic performance as 'extremely important", only 10.9 per cent cited 'health condition' as 'extremely important' according to a survey released on Sunday. The findings follow Chinese-American author Amy Chua's bestseller earlier this year about her no-nonsense child-rearing style, which sparked a flurry of criticism over strict 'Chinese' parenting versus more relaxed Western methods. In her book, Ms Chua recounts an ultra-strict regime of piano lessons and homework for her daughters, arguing that for Asian immigrant families in the United States, pushing children hard is the key to getting ahead. Hong Kong is known for its pressure-cooker style examination system, with parents placing high emphasis on academic ach...

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