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Home-schooling American kids in a Chinese village

Home-schooling children is a tough challenge, even with a support group in the neighbourhood and the help of internet resources.

Sunday, 19 August, 2012, 6:29pm

Thinking outside the box

For nine-year-old Shenzhen boy Cao Hua, school classes start at 3pm sharp - when his father, Cao Yingqiu, a professional investor, finishes monitoring the mainland's stock market online. Earlier in the day, Hua reads books and does his homework. He also takes lessons outside in chess, fencing and piano - all his own choices.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Open options

For the thousands of parents trying but failing to get a spot for their child at an English-speaking school this year, here's a thought. Let's turn lemons into lemonade.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

School reforms did not go far enough

There is surely something amiss in an education system when more than half of parents would gladly send their children overseas to study.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Should parents be allowed to educate their children at home?

Matthew Murchie, 17, St Joseph's College

In many countries around the world, children are not legally obligated to attend school. In England, France, Canada, the United States and Australia, it is perfectly legal for parents to educate their kids at home.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Parents rate results over children's health

Even Amy Chua, the original 'tiger mother', might be shocked by the findings of a new poll.

Over 85 per cent of parents put academic results and performance in music and sport above health when it comes to their child's development.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The high cost of our 'free' education

Whenever there is market inefficiency, there is someone ready to exploit it. That's how all capitalist markets work. Our supposedly 'free' public education is such a glaring example of inefficiency that it has made many people rich.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

School's in

THEY'RE 40 STRONG and growing. They meet in secret and decline to reveal their identities for fear the authorities might track them down. But they aren't criminals or terrorists - they're mothers who teach their children at home.

31 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


I am a teacher in an international primary school. A parent helper comes in to my classroom weekly but is interested only in helping her own child. She also comments constantly on his progress compared with his peers. I have some fantastic parent helpers and don't want to appear negative. How can I handle this situation?

Julie McGuire, a primary school teacher, responds:

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Home schooling replaces the classroom

Unlike most mainland students his age, Dalian teenager Zhu Yuchen has not spent the summer cramming for the national university entrance exam.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am