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Hangzhou couple offers around $7,000 for tutor to play with their child

(People's Daily Online) Updated: 2016-07-13 14:09

A recent job advertisement in Hangzhou has become the subject of hot debate. The ad, posted by a young couple, promised between 30,000 and 50,000 yuan per month to a tutor, whose main job would be playing with the couple's child.

Many netizens joined in the discussion: Was the couple throwing away their money or simply pursuing an advanced educational concept?

The wife, Ms. Zhang, holds a master's degree from a prestigious university in Beijing. Her husband, Mr. Chen, has spent a lot of time studying and working abroad. Now they run a company together in Hangzhou. Their first child is 13 months old, and Zhang is currently pregnant with their second.

Zhang thinks a solid education at an early age has a long-lasting impact on a child's future development. Even though children may not explicitly remember what they experienced at the age of 1, Zhang believes experiences at that age can still influence children's character formation. She hopes to hire a qualified tutor to play with her children until they are old enough to start kindergarten.

Those who disagreed with the offer mainly considered it a waste of money. Some netizens said it was unnecessary and irresponsible for Zhang and Chen to hire someone else to take care of their own babies, especially at such an early age.

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