ESP course taught kids how to cheat, parents claim

Well, isn’t this a hoot. Parents signed their kids up to develop their psychic powers and all they learned was how to cheat.

Parents condemn ESP course for kids – Globaltimes.cn.

Several local parents have leveled fraud charges against the organizer of a 100,000 yuan ($15,728) summer course that promised to teach their children to read a book in less than 20 seconds, local media reported Monday.

The organizer, the Shanghai Xinyu Education Training Center, advertised that it could help students learn to identify a playing card while blindfolded, among other feats of extrasensory perception (ESP), according to a report in the Oriental Morning Post. The 10-day course ended Friday.

“I found that my child learned nothing except how to cheat,” a parent surnamed Yang told the Oriental Morning Post.

The teachers there claimed that they could help students learn to correctly identify a playing card even after covering their eyes, but Yang found that his child could only do it by peeking through the cloth blindfold. A father of an 11-year-old told the newspaper that he confronted the training center and got his money refunded.

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An education expert noted that these “skill” don’t exist and “parents should learn to be more rational.” Indeed.

  3 comments for “ESP course taught kids how to cheat, parents claim

  1. LREKing
    August 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    If the parents were rational, they wouldn’t have paid 100,000 yuan in the first place.

    • Geoff
      August 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      At least Chinese people know when they’ve been cheated. People here in the states would believe that there kids were actually learning something. And worse than that, the enterprise would be entirely legal.

  2. Kitty
    September 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I am impressed with the Chinese parents. I agree that usually the kind of parents that would sign up for such a class, would happily fall for their children cheating. Kudos to the Chinese!

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