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Little Soldiers:An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve

Lenora Chu

Journalist Lenora Chu was living in Shanghai with her husband and three-year-old son, Rainer, when she noticed how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to her toddler. They decided to enroll him in China’s state-run public school system, and while he easily settled in, they were shocked to discover his teachers’ methods of instilling obedience and conformity. As Chu researched China’s military-like education system, she began to wonder: Are Chinese children paying too high a price for their academic prowess? And what, if anything, can Westerners learn from China? An enthralling back-to-school title for fans of Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (2011).