The British judged the prodigy of the year, why did the Chinese tiger mother get badly criticized

Why is the Chinese-style tiger mother being apprehended?


The United Kingdom is a country that values ​​modern educational concepts and is fruitful. It is incredible that British society also pursues so-called talented children. There is even a program dedicated to the annual child prodigy, called "Genius Children."

To take a picture of a child in 2019 "Genius Children"

This program selects children from 8 to 12 years old who are superior in intelligence, and gathers about 20 of them to conduct 6 TV competitions. The questions include arithmetic, geography, spelling, memory, history, and so on. Some exam questions are quite unfamiliar, even if experts are daunting. The winners raised the trophy of gifted children and crowned the most intelligent British children of the year, receiving worship from all walks of life.

Aside from the entertainment of television, the show also triggered thoughts and collisions about different educational ideas, from which we can analyze how these talented children were made.

Junior version of the British Daren

The latest season of genius children just ended in March. In the end, the Sri Lankan girl Nishi won the championship.

Champion Nishi (stills)

The show, broadcast on BBC4, is so popular that it is known as the teen version of Britain's got Talent, and Richard Osman, the current host, is also seen as a Frankenstein TV icon. He graduated from Cambridge and has been a longtime participant in the BBC quiz, a 6-foot-7-inch height that the press described as "the weirdest obsession" of Britons.

Facilitator, Osman

Gifted children have attracted attention from the launch. The program that just ended this season was actually filmed last summer. It is said that the controversy caused by it has been postponed until March of this year.

The editing of television and the proliferation of the Internet have intensified controversy. A mother praised the sons of the competition and made her daughter stunned and unhappy. This scene was captured and enlarged by the camera. A mother rang the ringing of the mobile phone because of the game. She thought that it affected her son’s answer and seriously protested to the crew. Tucao is the "worst parent"; there are children who can't admit the huge pressure and ask to retire; a Chinese mother only allows the child to rest for 3 minutes during the game, and the rest of the time is used for tutoring and improvement, and the name is Chinese. The way of education has aroused the resentment of the British audience who was instilled in the concept of free education.

In general, the program has reached the purpose of communication, and through the parenting of different families, the society has explored the concept of education. Some viewers have found that the so-called gifted children should be the natural manifestation of nature, but behind the genius children appearing in the program, there are indomitable parent interventions.

What is a gifted child like?

Aside from the gig and controversy of the show, it's really hard to test the program, and it's not easy to win the title of a gifted child.

Each episode of the latest collection focuses on different topics. The first episode is based on spelling for two rounds. The task of the competitor is to spell out some of the most complicated words. These words are mainly from Old English, and modern English is not commonly used. The children spend an hour studying 100 Old English words and then listening to the host's prompts to make the correct spelling. The degree of difficulty is about the same as the outsider learning code.

A boy named Ben did a good job in spelling, and he managed to spell Coronach (the Canadian Scottish Gaelic funeral song); Phalanger (, a possum distributed only in Papua New Guinea and Guinea); Lekythos (an ancient Greek vessel used to store oil).

Ben in the show (stills)

Another word he successfully spelled was sceuophylacium (the Orthodox Church of the Early Eastern Orthodox Church), which was thought to be not a word at all.

The second level is mathematics, answering 12 questions. Although it is just addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, it requires a quick answer. The moderator asked 49 + 40 + 43 + 94 + 73 + 66 equals a few, 12-year-old Nishi gave the correct answer 365 almost without hesitation. After all, this is a British society in which the mental arithmetic ability is generally flat. Even in China, where mental arithmetic education has social achievements, the response speed of girls is first-class.

After two rounds, the remaining competitors will have to complete geographic challenges and scientific testing. Finally, after the spelling of "death" is over, the winner is selected.

This year's champion Nishi is a full-fledged girl. At the time of filming, Nishi was 12 years old and had an IQ of 162, higher than Einstein (160).

Her star performance in the arithmetic round left a deep impression on the audience. In the final, she had a wonderful matchup with 11-year-old William, showing a lightning-fast response. The scientific principles of radioactive decay and glacial formation have been accurately answered. Her opponent is also very good. In the end, the girl relied on the correct spelling of the word Neurohypothesis (a vocabulary related to the brain) to defeat the opponent and win the title.

The final match between Nishi and William


The questions she answered in the finals were difficult to answer even if the adults were under pressure to answer within a limited time.



A Chinese tiger mother appeared in the competition and praised the Chinese style of education, prompting criticism from fans of the show.

The word tiger mother, the English world is also very familiar, generally refers to the aggressive parents who are strongly involved in the children's learning. If you add the description of "Chinese style", it means ruthless.

The 11-year-old math master Jia Jun came from the Chinese family in Birmingham, and the remaining 10 teenagers entered the quarterfinals. Jia Jun performed well in the scientific round and won the highest score of 12 points.

But her mother Faye is not satisfied. The mother who runs a Chinese restaurant only allows the child to rest for three minutes during the game. The rest of the time is used to summarize and correct the mistakes on the field. She warned her son to "do not make stupid mistakes", saying He can do better. Jiajun’s father also warned his son that his “only” choice was to take the first.

Jia Jun and his mother Faye




These reactions are in line with my impression of some of the British parents around me: encouraging free development, playing mainly, and opposing excessive interference. In the view of many Chinese parents, this has become a flood of love, with little demand for their children, and the practice of their mothers should be common in China.


Genius children, after all, are just a television show, and TV stations do a lot of editing to create conflict and get high ratings for broadcast effects. The real educational scene is much more complex than television.

What are the qualities of a gifted child?

All the talented children who selected the children with high IQs participated in the competition and seemed to admit the intellectual determinism. Or at least recognize that the gap in IQ has actually made the children not on the same starting line.

Take the champion girl Nishi as an example. When she was 18 months old, her mother gave her an ABC book with "A on behalf of Apple, B on behalf of bear" and so on. Although she can't say these words correctly, she will use the same word again and again to do the same thing.


Four-year-old preschool class, the school found her talent, six months later jumped to grade 1. The fourth grade, jumped into the sixth grade. She is three years younger than the oldest of her classmates, but she can beat them on her weekly math test. I'm teaching myself high school mathematics now.


But the prodigy was not all proficient, and she danced unnaturally. There was a time when painting skills were also very common. Her parents were pleased to think: well, no one is good at everything.

Nishi's parents (stills)

Jia Jun is also very revealing a certain prodigy trait. He lived in China for 2 years after he was born. He didn't speak English when he returned to Birmingham at 3 years old. He became proficient in English after 3 months. He can read and write at 3 years old; he has a timetable at 4 years old; he passed the piano at 8 years old. Level 5 (the highest level is 8), the violin also reached the 5th level.

His teacher sometimes uses him to teach other students and is now studying high school mathematics.

Jia Jun

Many of the children who took part in the gifted children's show took the Mensa IQ test. The Mensa test is based on a series of tests that typically focus on pattern recognition, logic, and problem solving, and the performance of the testers corresponds to the average score of the same age group. The benchmark for the entire group is 100, with most people between 70 and 130. Only 2.5% are thought to be above 130. Mensa only accepts the top 2% of the membership. The test system is elitist.

But the goal of IQ tests is not to measure knowledge, but to measure one's ability to learn and how quickly it absorbs information. To be sure, the Mensa IQ test only tests a specific, narrow definition of intelligence, that is, the ability to solve problems under pressure.

The Mensa spokeswoman told the British media that there is a strong correlation between high IQ and health, longevity and career success, but she also acknowledges that high IQ may also create social isolation. Therefore, having a higher IQ than Einstein does not guarantee success and happiness in the future.

Apart from innate intellectual excellence, I found that one of the common traits of these children is that they have a strong focus.

Nishi reads philosophy in his spare time and likes to do complicated math problems just for fun. Sometimes her parents had to drag her from the books and watch TV with them.

The father called her like Shelton, the tallest person in the big bang in the American sitcom. Nishi is also very happy, saying: "I am a bit like Shelton. I also like to read the product manual, and I also like to sit in a fixed position, do not like others sitting in my position."

Nishi has a good study habit and always controls her homework in an hour and a half. She hopes to become a theoretical physicist in Cambridge in the future, just like the idol Hawking. "Geek" is a word with a bit of derogatory meaning, like a combination of nerd and programmer, but she said, "I am a geek. Some of the most successful people in the world are geeks, just like Bill Gates. same."

Nishi painted Hawking

Jia Jun also has a strong learning initiative. When other kids are addicted to computer games and football, Jiajun likes to solve complex equations or research his favorite DNA.

The family is fond of football, and I hope to be a doctor after the adult. Mother said: "Jiajun was invited to the University of Birmingham to make some experiments with the professor, and the professor was very surprised at the knowledge of the family in the fields of cell and DNA."

The winner of the 2017 Genius Children is 12-year-old boy Rahul. In an interview, he also said: "Before I participated in the competition, I liked to focus and reflect."

From the media interviews with the family members of these contestants, they can find that these children can devote all their body and mind to the things they like, without interference from the outside world. In this focused research process, develop good study habits and problem solving skills.

Family conditions have an impact, but not an inevitable factor

One view is that children from wealthy families are more likely to succeed because they can read top private schools, have good education for their parents, and better coach their children to stand out from the competition.

Indeed, many of the children in the final stage attend private schools. The champion girl, Nishi, is an exception. She is a top grammar school (the grammar school is the key school in the British public school, the good grammar school is more difficult than the private school, and the current British Prime Minister Theresa May is a grammar school). It seems that high-quality school education can be more exciting and able to tap into the children's specialty. These are well-qualified children, and their parents are more willing to send to good schools for education.

There is also a view that if parents are highly educated, they are likely to have grades. The father of the champion girl works in the IT security department, is the vice president of Barclays Bank, the mother is an accountant, and is a typical middle-class family.

However, not all families have high social classes. Connor, a 12-year-old from Tottenham, has a simple working class and is praised by fans of the show as "our children's genius" and "normal" "weak working class families." Regrettably, on the fourth day of the competition, the young man’s pressure was growing, and the scientific test in the quarter-finals was out of order and was eliminated.

There is also a Muslim girl 12-year-old Ishal, a dad who is a taxi driver, works 80 hours a week, and also enters the TV children's genius final. This girl is now a top private female school, ideal to be an astronaut.

12-year-old Ishal and her dad.

The only Chinese parent who entered the finals, Jia Jun’s parents, runs a Chinese restaurant.

The family background of these children is also not prominent, which shows that family birth theory is not absolute.


Nishi's father said: "In a developed country like the UK, even if you don't put too much effort into education, your future will be more or less guaranteed. But in Sri Lanka, you must work hard to get these opportunities, otherwise You may end up in a bad place."

This reflects different cultures. Immigrant families who migrate to Britain are also more positive about education in order to gain a foothold.

Strongly supported parents behind

Intellectual superiority and good family conditions are not owned by everyone. Parental guidance and family support are particularly important, and play a key role in the realization of children's cognition. What impressed me the most about the program is that no matter who is inferior or inferior, the most important thing is that behind these children, there are unrelenting figures in the parents who explore the true meaning of education.

Connor’s parents did not mind the son’s exit. His father said: “I have been proud of Connor since he was born. In any case, he is my child’s genius.” Shows the tolerance of parents, Utilitarianism is the enemy of education, and love is the cornerstone of success.

Although the taxi driver did not have the energy to counsel his daughter Ishal, he gave the heavy responsibility to his brother. Ishal's secret weapon is her uncle. Uncle was also a schoolmaster in his early years. After graduating from Oxford University, he discovered the prostitute's specialty and took up the burden of education instead of his hard-working brother. Uncle Amran has developed a set of learning experiences for prostitutes, including reading news, training to write novels, wiping 'condensed milk' on the temples to help concentrate, and teaching the prostitutes to calm down during the game by tapping a Tibetan bowl. means.

Jiajun’s mother said in an interview with the British media: “I think Jiajun is a very smart boy. As for genius, this is a very heavy word. I have seen many smart children, each with potential. I think parents have to put some pressure on stretching their children."

The mother of the 2016 Indian champion Rohan said, "We are not the first parents to intervene." Treat intervention as a necessary support for your child.

The Sunday Times columnist visited the family of the champion girl Nishi. He found that Nishi's parents grew up five miles apart in Sri Lanka until they started working. Both of them came from the middle class and both studied at the good schools in the capital, Colombo, and all were promoted through outstanding academic and work. Although parents are very reassured about their daughter's learning initiative and rarely interfere, parents have set an example in their usual work.

This article concludes: "There is no doubt that their professional ethics is the foundation of Nishi's success."


This article from the micro-channel public number: Everybody (ID: ipress), Author: Yang Meng, the original title: "The real genius of children is how Tempered? ", the content of the article is purely the author's personal point of view, does not represent the platform view.

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