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Children in home schooling face more problems
By Liu Wei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-11 06:22

Wei bought textbooks and began teaching Chinese, English and computing himself. His wife took charge of math, music, art and sports. Armed with a detailed schedule, they embarked on their bold home schooling mission.

Wei Xiaoxi learned fast. Within a year and a half she completed the courses of first year middle school.

"We do not want to create a genius," Wei Yuan said. "We keep her at home because we believe that teaching methods should adapt to children's individual needs."

But Ding Wenjun does hope to foster a genius through home schooling.

Ding Wenjun, once a businessman in Yixing, a small city in East China's Jiangsu Province, became a quasi-celebrity after his 18-year-old son Ding Junhui defeated seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry to take the China Open snooker crown in 2005.

Ding Junhui left school at age 10 because his father believed the boy would be a snooker genius. His father said he should focus on the game.

Ding Senior gave up his hometown business, sold his house and brought his son to Dongguan, Guangdong Province, where snooker flourishes.

They rented a small house and began the eight-year training, which led to Ding Junhui's triumph in April this year.

"Life is a gamble," Ding Wenjun said. "Even if you attend school, it's a gamble. Failure is nothing, as long as you believe what you're doing is worth the effort."

But is every home schooler lucky enough to win the gamble?
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