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.