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China Tries to Tame Its Supercompetitive Tiger Parents

A new vocational school initiative adopts the German model to create a more robust manufacturing sector.
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Illustration: George Wylesol for Bloomberg Businessweek

Not every child is Harvard material. That’s the message China is sending to its supercompetitive tiger parents after calling a stop to after-school tutoring in July.

China is embracing what might be called the German model. Instead of going into academic institutions, many young Germans enter a “dual training” apprenticeship, splitting their time between classrooms at a vocational school and on-the-job training at a company. This is a great way for them to get good jobs. About 80% of Germany’s large enterprises participate in dual training.