August 25, 2012

Torture or training? : Inside the brutal Chinese gymnasium where the country's future Olympic stars are beaten into shape.

posted by phaedon to olympics at 04:02 AM - 2 comments

while training techniques appear extreme to Western eyes

Likely these techniques appear extreme to Eastern eyes as well.

I struggle with many choices that parents and cultures make for children. I think competition is good, but I believe making it the journey and the destination is, at best, problematic.

Determing where the line is between "good" and "bad" in this area appears difficult. Is training that makes a child cry necessarily "bad"? Do some of these children experience this training as traumatic- rendering them psychologically or physically wounded?

posted by DudeDykstra at 06:43 PM on August 25, 2012

I don't know and neither does this article suggest. In my experience, it's best not to base the entirety of a viewpoint to a single source, especially if it's a Daily Mail article.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 11:29 PM on August 25, 2012

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