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Military-style preschool toughens up its students

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:21

July 16 - Taiwanese kindergarten exercises are inspired by marine drills to strengthen children’s minds and bodies from a young age. Elly Park reports.

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A regular school day at Albert Kindergarten in Taichung, Taiwan. Aged three to six, the students are participating in a mandatory training program modeled after marine drills. They even look and sound the part. The school's principal Fong Yun-i designed the program with the help of a pediatric professor. SOUNDBITE: Principal Of Albert Kindergarten, Fong Yun-I, Saying (Mandarin) "We use the marine drills to teach children how to bear hardship, so they learn to embrace obstacles, accept challenge, and develop courage by completing every drill." Fong says the routine also stimulates their brain development, while at the same time boosts their endurance and confidence. Some children even return after graduating the kindergarten to continue the training such as eight-year-old Chiu Ming-wei. SOUNDBITE: 8-Year-Old Boy Chiu Ming-Wei, saying (Mandarin) "My mom said practice makes perfect, and she even asked me to sleep here for more practice." And perhaps learning how to bite the bullet at such a young age might prepare these children to face hardships later in life.

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Military-style preschool toughens up its students

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 01:21