Pressure in China's education system starts young. Although parents, teachers and lawmakers have questioned the wisdom of putting so much pressure on young children, there's little sign their study load has been reduced.
China's often tough approach to bringing up children was made world-famous by Amy Chua, the Chinese-American professor who expressed her expectations of top grades and musical excellence in her book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."
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Students in China commonly have to take extra-curricular classes or hire tutors after school. The ultimate goal is to do well in annual National College Entrance Exams -- or gaokao -- the only way to get into college.