She can recite and spell all the months of the year. He can barely remember the names of the months. Both children are five years old and attend pre-school. The difference? The boy goes to school in the US and the girl in Hong Kong.
As a second or third language, it is surprising that Hong Kong children attain higher levels of English literacy than native-speaking American children.
In Hong Kong, the competitive culture results in children learning English before starting school.
Is this the right way forward? Recently, parents have started to question the high-achieving standards set by society for their children.
When it comes to education, there is never an easy solution. Hong Kong children (and parents) should be proud of their academic prowess, but also remember the importance of a fun-filled childhood.