ChinaA father in Hubei province took his daughter to the lake and made her wade through the mud to dig up lotus roots to show her how hard life would be if she didn’t study.
The father, surnamed Ye from Hubei Province, said, “My daughter is going through a rebellious period. Her teacher told me that she doesn’t want to go to school anymore,” Ye told the media.
Ye took her children to the lotus pond where relatives worked. The girl had to spend four hours in the hot sun to harvest the lotus root, sunburned and peeling skin.
“Quickly take off your shoes and get in the water. If you don’t want to go to school, you have to face reality,” Ye said in the video, which has now been shared online.
While complying with her father’s request, the little girl cried and wiped her tears on her shirt. The video became a hot topic on social media in China.
The decision to force girls to wade through mud and dig lotus roots to teach them the value of education sparks controversy over how to appropriately punish children. Many people wonder if the father taught his child an “important life lesson” or was unnecessarily harsh.
“That’s a great idea. I kept this video and was about to show it to my class,” one teacher-recipient commented on Weibo.
“When are you organizing an excursion? I need to sign up so my kids can experience how hard life is,” wrote another.
But many people think that the essence of learning is not only to get out of a difficult life, and this path is hard and affects their health.
The harsh attitude of Chinese mothers and fathers towards their children’s education has sparked social debate for years. Last year, the country’s authorities stripped the mother of custody of her child and brutally punished her 12-year-old daughter for not going to college.
On Jan. 1, China began implementing the Family Education Promotion Law to guide parents on how to be responsible guardians as part of efforts to improve child protection. Before that, parenthood was mostly seen as a private matter for the family and was less legally bound.
dusk (Corresponding SCMP)