elementary school

October 5, 2012One Comment

Pic of the day: After landslide, “We can no longer hear them read”

18 Students Buried by Landslide in Yiliang, Yunnan province. We Can No Longer Hear Them Read.  – Front page, Qilu Evening News, October 5, 2012. While the disaster, which struck the area on October 4 after days of continuous rain, was an act of God, many are questioning why the students were still having classes [...]

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September 26, 20123 Comments

Teacher stamps marks on underachieving students’ faces

From Southern Metropolis Daily and Sina Weibo An elementary school teacher in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been widely criticized on the Internet for stamping red and blue marks on her students’ faces based on how they behave at school to tell good students from “bad” ones. The complaint over the public humiliation [...]

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April 19, 20127 Comments

Chinese pupil poses moral conundrum after being criticized for “wrong” answer

In a quiz on Chinese reading, a first grader answered “No, I won’t” to the question “Would you give up your pear out of courtesy to your brothers if you were Kong Rong?” He got a huge “X” for his answer from his teacher. The child’s father, upon seeing the answer sheet, took a picture [...]

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February 22, 20123 Comments

School building funded by donation rented to car dealer, driving students to tile-roofed house

From NetEase Only two weeks after an elementary school built with donations from by Hong Kong philanthropist Run Run Shaw went into use, members of the committee that administers the rural village in northwest China leased out the building to an auto dealership for 10 years. About a hundred students enrolled at the school have [...]

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November 18, 2011One Comment

Photos: China’s "Rooftop Elementary School” hangs on for 12 years

From QQ This is an elementary school for children of migrant workers living in Wuhan, the largest and most prosperous city in Central China. It rents a residential building in a run-down neighborhood to house its students. Its rooftop, on which tenants used to hang washed laundry to dry, now serves as children’s playground, where [...]

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October 18, 201111 Comments

Underachieving Chinese school children wear badge of shame: Green Scarf

From Sina At the gate of No.1 Experimental Elementary School of Weiyang District, Xi’an, children standing in lines were divided into two markedly different groups: one wearing red scarves, and the other wearing green scarves. “You don’t study well, and wear a green scarf. Mine is the real red scarf…” One kid said to another. [...]

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September 22, 20118 Comments

Photos: Lunch is a luxury and rarity to China’s rural children, and you can help them.

Previously, one Ministry of Tofu post noted that in many Chinese rural villages, schools do not have a standard dining hall. School children from poor families bring raw rice, soybeans, Chinese cabbage and salt to school and steam them for meals. Only a handful of students from slightly better-off families can afford lard and cured meat. Some families [...]

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May 2, 2011One Comment

Chinese child prodigy or dictator-to-be? 12-year-old boy draws national attention

Imagine a Chinese counterpart of Jonathan Krohn, who then as a 14-year-old wrote a book to define conservatism and addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009 was highlighted by media as a political wunderkind. This Chinese boy began to watch Xinwen Lianbo (prime time news on China Central Television) at the age of 2. [...]

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April 14, 2011No Comments

Video: Chinese school practices Michael Jackson’s dance as routine morning exercises

Duping Elementary School in southwestern Chongqing’s mountainous rural area has recently replaced their routine morning exercises, or radio calisthenics, with Michael Jackson’s dance. At 10 p.m. on every school day, 700 students come to the playground and dance to MJ’s Dangerous. Youtube version Unblocked version on youku.com Selected comments from Youku.com 展宇666: Quite good! Even [...]

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March 29, 2011One Comment

Picture of the day: Chinese rural kids’ invariable staple

Kids stand together and have soybeans mixed with rice for lunch In several rural villages of Du’an Yao Ethnic Autonomous County, Guangxi province, most boarding schools do not have a standard dining hall. School children have to bring raw rice, soybeans, Chinese cabbage and salt to school and steam them for meals. Only a handful [...]

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March 23, 201111 Comments

Contrast of Chinese and U.S. student disciplines becomes red-hot topic

From Sina A microblog post has called Chinese netizens’ attention to another difference in education between China and the U.S. – elementary school disciplines. An overwhelming majority said the Chinese version rings hollow and has no substance as to regulating student behavior. Some net users even said that the perfectionistic code should be used to [...]

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March 3, 2011No Comments

Photos: Chinese children carry burning torches to school

From IFENG It was the first day of the new semester at Baoping Elementary school in the town of Wamiao administered by Ziyang County, Shaanxi Province. In order not to be late for school, 12-year-old Zhang Huaying (张华英) got up at 5 a.m. as usual. Her home is nearly 10 kilometers (6 miles) away and [...]

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February 22, 20113 Comments

Beijing forces elementary students to salute Communist Party flag every month

From NetEase Beijing’s Communist Youth League has just announced that starting from next month until October, each of Beijing’s elementary school will have to organize its students to salute the flags of Communist Party, Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers on the first Monday morning of each month. This year marks the 90th anniversary of [...]

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February 21, 2011One Comment

63-person Chinese 4th grade class elects 32 leaders; power worship permeates elementary schools

Jing’s note: In a typical Chinese elementary school class that consists of 50 to 65 students, about 10-15 students (there is no definitive number) are assigned positions and given titles. Team leader is usually responsible for collecting and handing in homework assignments for the team. Different commissioners, as their names suggest, oversees different parts of [...]

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January 10, 20115 Comments

Why can’t China adopt a school bus system similar to the U.S.?

On December 30, 2010, a “school bus”  taking 20 elementary school children fell into a creek in Hengnan County, Hunan Province. 14 drowned, 6 were injured and hospitalized. The so-called school bus was actually an automatic rickshaw. The three-wheeler has only ten seats, but fit 20 inside. Several children had to squat on their haunches [...]

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