The contest organiser claims in the video that by flipping through pages quickly, images start to appear in a reader’s mind to help them understand the content. Photo: PearVideo

Speed-reading courses in China branded ‘utter nonsense’

  • Training centres claiming to teach children to read more than 100,000 words in minutes have stirred controversy after a competition video went viral
  • Several tutoring organisations confirm they are teaching the technique, which experts have dismissed as lacking any scientific basis
Topic |   China Society

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The contest organiser claims in the video that by flipping through pages quickly, images start to appear in a reader’s mind to help them understand the content. Photo: PearVideo
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Schools in China are not supposed to dispense corporal punishment, but there has been uncertainty over the scope of the term. Photo: Shutterstock

Is corporal punishment acceptable in Chinese schools? Government edict reopens debate

  • Guangdong province leads move to clarify what is allowed with draft rule legalising some commonly used sanctions
  • Forced standing and running could be permitted as parents and teachers debate where to draw the line
Topic |   China Society

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Schools in China are not supposed to dispense corporal punishment, but there has been uncertainty over the scope of the term. Photo: Shutterstock
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