Chinese children need games in their growth

Chinese children need games in their growth

By Azura (Shuqing Zou)

   

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Prologue

There is an old saying that the early bird catches the worm. People believe starting sooner means learning more, but many education researchers and scientists clarify that there is no evidence could show this approach is necessarily good for children, and lead to long-term achievement for them. However, parents in China consider children need to work hard on key subjects such as math and reading. As long as they do those well, it is not hard for them to go to a good university and have a good job in the future. But do we really think about what is best for our children? Endless homework and readings every day? Going to after-schools at free time? No games and fun but always study? No! Children should enjoy the sunshine and rain in their childhood, have lots of fun and make friends. They need to play games and adapt to society in advance, and start from the interpersonal communication with peers, rather than from one book to another.

 

Why do Chinese parents object to their children playing games

* Children's play time has now been replaced by rigorous instruction and standardized tests.

* People’s high demands on children begin in kindergarten.

* Children are expected to read at an early age

* There are too many rules and standards designed for children to follow

* They think playing computer games is bad for children's eyesight and eyes

* They believe their children need more time for study, so no time for outdoor play

* They consider children need to work hard on key subjects such as math and reading

* They believe if children are good at study, it will be easy for them to go to a good university and have a good job in the future.

 

Facts about playing games

         ·      Before the rapid development of society, and the invention of high-tech electronic products, no one will stop children from playing games, because it is their nature, just like birds flying in the sky.


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When I was a kid, even though my friends and I didn't have many high-tech games, painting brought us endless imagination and satisfaction.


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Play can be as simple as starting with a few boxes, adding puppets, blocks, puzzles and games.


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Play can also be hard and scientific, like a competition with classmates, put small stones on a small boat, and whose ship can carry more small stones.

·      Play also can be professional, there is one computer game called “League of Legends” which has international competition all over the world, by the way, they were paid a lot, so do not need to worry about the salary.

 

Have a comparison of play in China and play in the United States

What’s game looks like in China

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Drawing

 

 


                       ·      Computer games

                       ·      Playing the instruments

                       ·      Giant Jenga 

                 ·      Sudoku puzzle (math game)

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What’s game looks like in the United States


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Playing sports 


            ·      Throwing a Frisbee

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Go camping

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     ·      Bowling

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Playing darts

 

 

What may happen to children if they study instead of playing?

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They may become nerds


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They may have low Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)


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They may have poor physical fitness and slow reflexes


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They don’t know how to connect to peers


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They can’t make friends due to the low communication


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They don't know what the way people get along with each other.


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They may become selfish because there is only one person in their world.


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They may live like a walking dead


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They may lose all their interests one day


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They may become less and less happy until they are completely unhappy

 

Why play is important to Chinese students


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Play become more and more interesting and flexible nowadays.


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Switch content frequently and connect it to class learning.


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They can make more friends with the same interests by playing games, even make friends all around the world


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There are many games only in English version, which can force Chinese students to use English more often, and improve their English and reading ability


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A lot of games based on real history backgrounds, students will have more interests about history all over the world and also learn as they play


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Their reflections may get faster


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If they are outstanding in some games, they can work on games in the future.


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If it is an outdoor game, their bodies will absorb a lot of sunlight and can provide calcium supplements to their bodies


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Hand-eye coordination will be improved, if something bad happens later, like an earthquake, they are more likely to escape


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Games are crucial to children's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.


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In the process of playing, children will release pressure and relieve emotions, so as to develop cognitive ability and stimulate their desire to learn.

 

What can we do?

I believe that the game needs to be taken back to the children’s world. Game is crucial to children's academic growth, it may unlock children’s potential and affect their mental development, standardized tests do not help children to develop comprehensive and social skills. Students' education should be established in all fields, because no one knows if certain field is where children are good and have potential on. In order to develop all aspects of children, we should encourage children to play games properly.

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Recourses:

Ruth K. Chao. (1996, July 1). Chinese and European American Mothers' Beliefs about the Role of Parenting in Children's School Success. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0022022196274002

Harold W. Stevenson, Shin-Ying Lee, Chuansheng Chen, James W. Stigler, Chen-Chin Hsu, Seiro Kitamura and Giyoo Hatano. (1990). Contexts of Achievement: A Study of American, Chinese, and Japanese Children. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/1166090?casa_token=UMhc8Ug4u9QAAAAA:89nXMJnOZSjfABQAumr3MliYRIH_jCsw0xrEuBO-KoKFZ05DO69aRXG49GXWDxOZDVwl27vYxqyDG3e2a600UqF_27LhvCHllysNrqzdQ132Pvr3BI4&seq=2#metadata_info_tab_contents

 

 

 

 

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