A professor at China’s Peking University (PKU) has sparked discussions on tiger-parenting after complaining about his daughter’s poor grades in a now-viral video.
Worst in class: Ding Yanqing, an associate professor at the university’s Graduate School of Education, said that his daughter is at the bottom of her class at Peking University Primary School.
- This is despite Ding picking her up after school and taking her to his office to “force her to study or do homework” every day, he said in a video he posted to Douyin.
- The gap between his daughter’s scores and those of the second-last student was also big, he said.
- He added that people on the same floor where his office is located always heard yelling from either him or his daughter.
Accepting reality: Ding said he is at a “loss” about his daughter’s situation, according to the South China Morning Post. He and his wife both graduated from PKU, a top university in the country that is currently at 23rd place in QS Global World Rankings.
- “My daughter is definitely not a wonder child. Her IQ is far lower than both of us,” said Ding, who claimed that he was able to memorize a Chinese dictionary at the age of 6.
- In another video, the academic said he has accepted the fact he has a “mediocre” child. He also pointed out that it is important to acknowledge this “no matter how outstanding you are.”
- Ding also decided to give up his “high-pressure” methods after realizing that his daughter had become anxious and depressed. He now recognizes that every child is unique.
- “Parents should identify their kids’ unique qualities in different aspects other than academic studies. They should find a path suitable for the kids to develop and assist them in that direction,” he said.
- Chinese social media users had mixed reactions over the matter. Some were surprised that a PKU professor faced the same concerns as “ordinary” parents, while others were skeptical about his advice — especially since China continues to place emphasis on academic performance.
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