Educators compile list of complaints about parents’ irrational attitudes

Last update 07:35 | 15/02/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Educators who are owners of education establishments in Hanoi and HCMC have complained about irrational behavior and attitudes of parents. The following are some of their concerns:

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1.Vietnamese parents educate children as they are pets. They want fish to climb trees and monkey to swim underwater. And they tend to get angry when their children cannot do things which can be done by other children.

2.  Attending to children blindly. The national television channel VTV some days ago reported that an old father from Nam Dinh province worked hard in Hanoi to get money to fund his son’s university study.

The son, over 18, cannot earn money to feed himself and his old father, but he still lives on modest money earned by his old father. Surprisingly, Vietnamese parents think that doing all possible things for their children and serving their children is a must.

3. Vietnamese students would not let children go out when it rains or is cold. They tend to prohibit children from staying outdoors when it rains and cancel extracurricular activities when weather conditions are unfavorable.

4. Vietnamese parents try to feed their children fatty food. This is believed to be one of the biggest mistakes made by Vietnamese in approaching nutrition and physical education.

Children must not be obese, and they need to exercise, educators say.

5. Vietnamese parents believe that learning well is the top priority. This explains why it is very difficult to find students who are good at both learning and playing sport.

Educators who are owners of education establishments in Hanoi and HCMC have complained about irrational behavior and attitudes of parents. 

The parents are willing to do all things for their children, so the children can spend all of their of time on school work.

6.  Parents and teachers tend to criticize students before class and school when they make mistakes. This behavior, in the eyes of psychologists, is an infringement on the privacy of individuals and offensive to the dignity of people.

7. Vietnamese children don’t know how to use toilets properly. They don’t want to queue up for public toilets or lock doors properly.

8. Vietnamese parents believe that students good at math have creative thinking and all students need to be good at math.

9. Students are told that they have to learn well, because this will benefit them. “You encourage your child to become the single tree to find the sun rise only to himself,” an analyst said.

10. Children are told that doing well at school honors their parents.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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