Better Believe It......Because They Actually Happen(ed) Collection 7

Newham born English teacher to tutor London's billionaire elite

Newham born Private English tutor to London's billionaire elite grew up in one of London's impoverished neighbourhoods. He is now the tutor to royalty, VIP's and high profile billionaires from the around the world

Newham born resident, Kunaal Tailor, grew up in the London Borough of Newham. Prior to becoming the host borough of the London 2012 Olympics, Newham was known to be one of the most impoverished areas in London – if not the UK.

Compared to other wealthier parts of London, Newham has a very low graduate level and this is all changing as the area is developing. Newham has a rate of around 23.19% of people aged 20-24 who have degree level qualifications compared to the London average. This is considerably lower than neighbouring boroughs like Hackney, whereby the number of graduates and highly skilled people is increasing considerably due to vast investment from the government. Moreover, it is a stark contrast to wealthier boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

Kunaal received both a state and private education self-funded through his parents, who sent him to various after-school tutoring clubs and tutors to ensure that he received the best education and did well in his academic studies. He was always a bright and conscious student. He went on to university and soon after took up a teaching English course in Barcelona before going to work in one of China’s busiest schools in Shanghai. His expertise and language skills took him to various parts of world teaching English and upon his return, he started work as a lucrative private tutor.

Full story at (July 2014)

Australian parents are raising a generation of brats who don't know the meaning of the word 'no', psychologist warns

•Australian psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said parents are frightened of being seen as bad parents parents and failing to say no

• He said it's incredibly important that parents set limits and boundaries

• In his new book, Strictly Parenting, he assesses the rise of poorly-behaved children to five major parenting problems

•Psychologist Andrew Fuller disagreed with Dr Carr-Gregg's theory, stating that Australian parents were 'doing a good job'

By Cindy Tran

Australian parents are failing to say no to their children and are 'doing a crap job' by not setting boundaries, an Australian psychologist warns.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg believes today's parents are raising a generation of spoilt brats and there may be serious long-term consequences.

While parents 'may be offended by the term "crap", the truth is they are crappy,' Dr Carr-Gregg said.

Australian parents are failing to say no to their children and are 'doing a crap job' by not setting boundaries, an Australian psychologist warns

In his new book called Strictly Parenting, he assessed the rise of poorly-behaved children to five major parenting problems and included a chapter titled 'The Unfortunate Rise of Crap Parenting.'

He told ABC that the first problem is that there are too many 'parents being doormats for their kids.'

'They have got what I call a vitamin N deficiency, which is a failure to say no,' he said.

'It's incredibly important that parents set limits and boundaries and I don't know that that's happening at the moment.'

Full story at The Daily Mail Online (August 2014)

When Chinese children forget how to write

By Celia Hatton

In China, it takes blood, sweat and months of studying dictionaries to become a Character Hero.

Millions tune in every week to watch teenagers compete for the title. Character Hero is a Chinese-style spelling bee, but in this challenge, young contestants must write Chinese characters by hand.

Every stroke, every dash must be in the correct spot.

After two tense rounds, Wang Yiluo is bumped from the contest. She bows to the panel of celebrity judges and quickly exits the bright lights of the television studio.

Backstage, she admits that she spent months studying dictionaries to prepare for the contest. The stakes were high; at 17, this was the last year she could appear on the show.

"I wanted to compete before I was too old," she explained.

Perhaps the show's popularity should not be a surprise. Along with gunpowder and paper, many Chinese people consider the creation of Chinese calligraphy to be one of their primary contributions to civilisation.

Millions watch Character Hero, where teenagers compete to write Chinese characters

There's no Chinese alphabet. Instead, each word is represented by a character, or a compound of two or three characters.

A respected Chinese dictionary lists more than 85,000 characters. An estimated 7,000 are in daily use.

Full story at BBC News (August 2014)

Mobile use lowers children's grades in school: Study

Tokyo: Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes, a Japanese government survey has found.

Among the nearly one-in-nine 14 and 15-year-olds who use their handheld device for at least four hours daily, grade scores suffer an average 14 percentage points across all subjects.

The deficit rises to more than 18 points in mathematics, figures from Japan's education ministry showed.

The results of the survey have sparked fears that schoolchildren are neglecting their books for the allure of the small screen. (School student using a phone, via Shutterstock)

Nearly half of all third-year junior high school students questioned spend more than an hour a day on their phones, browsing websites, sending e-mails and playing games. Less than a quarter of those in the age group do not have a mobile.

Smartphone use is also prevalent among 11-year-olds, the survey found, with 54 per cent of those in their final year of elementary school having a phone of their own.

Full story at IBN Live (August 2014)