These days, inNanjingcity, taking a taxi to school is getting more and more fashionable among middle-school students. Some of them are children of businessmen who are relatively well-off. The parents of these children claim they can earn much money easily and the yearly taxi fees spent by children mean nothing to them. But most parents must work very hard---some even have to find a second job to afford their children’s high consumption.


Parents’ love for their children is natural and understandable. They are not willing to let their children take the crowded buses and endure hardships of a long time bump. But this practice seems to do more harm than good to these kids. It is not simply a question of taking a taxi, it involves the parents’ education of their children in terms of character cultivating and physical training in the making of a man. In my opinion, no matter how wealthy a family is, they should not spoil their children in the process of personality development. Instead, they should do something to tempertheir children to endure hardship and torture of life and get self-dependent. They should let their children bear in mind that money does not come easily and anything cannot be achieved without sweat and tears. So they should not take everything for granted.


Our younger generations should have a comprehensive development, intellectually, physically and ethically. At present, it is surprising that moral education and character training for children are often ignored. Let’s remember what Helen Keller, a blindUSwriter, says, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”


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