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1, Jul 13, 2011

The Case of Music Student Turned Murderer, Part I

Filed under: Crime — admin @ 12:16 am

On the evening of 7/11/2011, the day before I left for America, I had a dinner with a friend of mine at a restaurant in Beijing. She just came back from America around 5 PM that day.

We talked a lot on the company, economy, children’s education and a book that she just read on the airplane, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. In that book, the auther talks about 10,000-hour rule. He cites an example of music practice.

Then, the topic shifted to music and education in China, which reminded me of the infamous case of music student turned murderer — Yao Jiaxin. The case exposed the fatal defect of Chinese education — the single-minded pursuit of skills/knowledge/education. Many parents fail to understand that no education is complete without first taking care of the need to be a decent human. As a consequence, they produce blood-thirsty monsters, even though they are highly accomplished musically like Yao Jiaxin.

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