” Picture this nursery school scene: 10 1-year-olds are squeezed next to one another on a bench, their backs against a wall. They sit motionless. None cry, push or shove.
A woman attendant takes a small windup toy chicken out of a box, turns the key and lets it strut across the floor past the infants’ feet. Again, none of the children move or try to grab the toy, as their American counterparts surely would. They simply follow it with their eyes.
Finally, one boy cannot resist. He toddles over and pounces on the chicken. The attendant gently picks him up and deposits him back on the bench.
The episode took place one recent morning in the neat gray brick nursery school and kindergarten run by the Peking Printing and Dyeing factory for 270 children of its workers. But it is similar to scenes acted out in tens of thousands of preschool classes all across China. Visitors Are Impressed
American visitors to China are continually impressed, indeed often amazed, by the almost universal good behavior of Chinese children. They are quiet, obedient, quick to follow their teachers’ instructions, and they seldom exhibit the boisterous aggressiveness or selfishness of American children.”
In the New York Times, by Fox Butterfield himself, who must be the avatar of some totally clueless god.
I mean, really: quiet one-year-olds???