A Letter to Joel
First of all, Chinese schools (the government run schools) are unspeakably awful and my guess is that the students at GOS know this very well. They like being at GOS and they do not want to leave! Secondly, their parents are paying a heck of a lot of money. Thirdly, we are over-subscribed. I have told my students, "If you do not want to work, why don't you leave? There are lots of other children who would like to sit where you are sitting!"
Once I had a mother of a student in my class who thought that it was fine for her daughter to do two hours of piano practice after a long school day. I could give you plenty of other examples. Loads of Chinese children have private tutoring, during the week and at weekends as well. "Why don't you let your daughter have a childhood?" was a comment I once made to the mother of a girl in my class.