I once had a job interview at a tutorial centre in North Point. I felt so ridiculously big inside the centre’s rooms, because they were designed for very small children.

Most students were 2 or 3, but there were also classes for young babies.

If I remember correctly, the centre had lessons available for students as young as 6 months.

That’s 6 months after conception.

I’ve tried to find out more about prenatal language classes, but there isn’t much information online. Understandably, the practice never became mainstream.

The New York Times article “Language Lessons Start in the Womb” explains how we know that language skills develop in the womb. But it also encourages parents not to worry about prenatal language lessons.

“The basic message to parents is don’t get too wrapped around the axle about preparing your extremely young infant for language,” Dr. Moon said. “Just do those things that are really natural and easy.”

People are willing to make very great sacrifices to help their children succeed in life. And this is especially true in the intensely competitive atmosphere of East Asia. Many parents pay for the best tutors, hire a nanny to make sure their children get to all their after-school lessons on time, and even go into debt to put their children into the best schools. Some parents do all these things before their child has even begun primary school! Parents pay huge sums of money to help their child survive the cut-throat competition that’s involved in getting into a highly-ranked kindergarten.

From the pro-life perspective, this brings up a question of justice. How can it be that so much time, effort, and money is spent on the well-being and success of young children, at the same time that so many unborn children’s lives are snuffed out before birth? Children’s lives are more important than the ranking of the kindergarten they will attend. But that’s not how society behaves. Why not? And how can we change this?