|Mainland Chinese parents want their kids to study abroad to avoid this fate|
Parents not only hoped their children would have a solid education, but also develop hobbies and personalities, as well as have a competitive edge later on in the job market.
After the end of the Cultural Revolution, China opened up to the world, and the only Chinese students who went abroad were those studying master's degrees or a doctorate.
Some 10 years ago mainland children started studying in overseas high schools. In the United States, nearly 24,000 mainland students enrolled in private high schools in 2013, compared to just 65 in 2005, according to eol.cn, China's largest education portal.
Zou said most mainland students studying abroad are from wealthy coastal regions, while families in second and third-tier cities preferred their children to complete high school at home.
Back at Packwood Haugh School, Smith-Langridge says: "We can prepare and send our students to the best independent schools in England, like Eton. At the moment there are two or three Chinese students, but the market is promising here and the demand for high-quality education is growing."
While it's natural for parents to want to give the very best to their children so that they can have a better life in the future, we have to wonder studying overseas at kindergarten age is the best thing for them.
Otherwise this may spawn a new generation of kids with major attachment issues...