May 29, 2013

Would You Send Your 6-Year Old to an MBA Program?

I’m not entirely certain what to make of this.

I got wind of a news report from Channel NewsAsia entitled, “MBA for Children” where three to six-year olds are enrolling into a pseudo MBA program for toddlers. Over 100,000 children have graduated from this program in Shanghai alone at a cost of roughly $590 USD per student. Watch the clip below:

Early on in the clip, a 6 year-old says, “I like to spend money when I was younger. Now I don’t.


What to make of this?

It seems this MBA for Children program in Shanghai is a derivative of a company based in Colorado, USA called FasTracKids who claim “that a significant number of three to six-year-old children enrolled in FasTracKids improved their vocabulary and social skills at a rate 100% to 150% times faster than their peers not enrolled in the program.”

They might need help on their use of graphs as their Y Axis looks a wee bit bare. See below.


That aside, I was personally shocked to view the clip above. 100,000 young Chinese toddlers are being (allegedly) fast-tracked towards the components of an MBA? It seems criminal.

And what of this parent company in Colorado? I’m sure Nancy Faunce, President and CEO of FasTracKids International knows what she is doing but I’m always a wee bit leery when I hear of programs (whether Nancy has a part in this or not) that are promoting the fast-tracking of young toddlers into MBA-like objectives.

It’s just so wrong on so many levels.

What do you think?


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