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The information age

By Xu Jingxi | China Daily | Updated: 2012-12-03 09:47

The information age

The junior high school student Feng Shaoyi says that he is inspired only when sitting in front of the computer. Photos by Zou Zhongpin / China Daily

A 10-year-old has become an online sensation for his micro blog posts about reinventing education in the Internet era. Xu Jingxi probes the mind of Sina Weibo sensation Feng Shaoyi.

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Ten-year-old Feng Shaoyi has been hounded by the media after his recent online post about his intention to quit school went viral on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter. It has attracted more than 7,000 comments and was forwarded more than 18,000 times.

The junior high school student has attracted so much attention because he's too young to drop out. And his harsh yet insightful criticisms of the education system surprised many, especially considering he hasn't reached his teens.

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While many children his age aspire to become scientists like Einstein, Feng argues that people with such "lofty ideals" are destructive to the planet. For example, Einstein's theory of relativity led to the atomic bomb.

"My dream is to live with the girl I love. It doesn't matter if I have to cut firewood and pick up rags for a living," Feng writes.

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