Chinese Students Face Immense Pressure to Succeed
by Catherine Burrogano on November 15, 2013 - 10:53am
It is very well known that Chinese families put extreme pressure on their kids to be good, if not the best, at school. This results in students working astonishingly hard to study and to overwork to an unhealthy level. As for the parents, many of them downgrade their way of living in order to offer their kids an education a shot at obtaining the ''Chinese Dream'', which is the ideal lifestyle valued by the Chinese population. However, for unfortunately many students, the pressure and stress associated with school is just too much to handle and pushes them to commit suicide or to simply quit school. In fact, many of these teenagers find the solution of stopping school for a year and traveling instead of studying very appealing and is a way of escaping the overwhelming and intense lifestyle demanded by their parents.
Another problem arises once the Chinese students graduate, which is the mismatch between the labor demanded and the labor supplied, which results from the major economic development of China. In other words, a large proportion of the Chinese graduates are unemployed due to an important lack of jobs offered. Therefore, workers are willing to work in bad conditions because of the scarcity of jobs and they overwork significantly. More and more deaths caused by exhaustion of these hopeless workers are reported every month, which hints the importance of this issue.
Whether it's in China or anywhere else in the world, I personally believe that no student should feel such a strong pressure to succeed coming from their relatives. In my opinion, parents should encourage and support their kids and shouldn't be pushing them towards unhealthy lifestyles. I also believe that even if people are desperate for jobs, they should never settle for working conditions that will affect their physical, emotional and mental health, even if it seems to be the only solution offered. Does anyone have any possible solutions for the graduates that can't find jobs in China? What is your opinion on this growing issue?