Secondary Ed

imgres-1Students at primary and secondary schools will no longer be required to “courageously struggle” and “stand up for what’s right”. Yesterday, the Beijing Ministry of Education official website published a Primary & Secondary School Student Rules (Draft Soliciting Suggestions), asking for suggestions and opinions from the public. City residents can submit feedback through email and various other methods until the 20th of this month.

Reporters from the Beijing Morning Post read over the new draft and found that compared to the 2004 version, one of the original rules was missing, making a total of nine rules. The new draft still includes the “three loves”, “three emphases”, and “three protections”, which are love of motherland, love of study, love of labor, emphasis on culture, emphasis on honestly, emphasis on rule of law, protection of safety, protection of health, and protection of homeland. These items are clarified and requirements are made more specific.

According to reporters, the 2004 publication of Primary & Secondary School Student Rules, Primary School Daily Behavioral Regulations, and Secondary School Daily Behavioral Regulations (below referred to as “Rules” and “Regulations”) were broadly adopted and implemented by schools, being actively brought into the educational culture and producing clear results. With the changing times, the process of implementing Rules and Regulations  also encountered some issues, such as the impracticality of some rules and the redundancy and excess of content in certain parts of Regulations. For this reason, the Ministry of Education began the process of revising rules in 2012,  with a committee of experts researching specific topics. Then, the Ministry broadly received advice and opinions from the experts, as well as primary and secondary school principals, local Departments of Education, and others through conferences and other means. The revision work continued to take current trends into account, prioritizing basic and easy to remember principles, and stressing implementability, thus merging Rules and Regulations to produce the new Primary & Secondary School Student Rules (Draft Soliciting Suggestions).

Reporters noted the first rule in the 2004 edition was, “Love the motherland, love the people, and love the Chinese Communist Party”. In the new edition, it has been changed to “Love the motherland,” with the following explication, “Respect the national flag and national emblem, stand while singing the national anthem as a group, salute while the flag is raised, understand the country’s past and present situation.” The content is more specific and has clearer requirements for primary and secondary school students.

The new Rules has also added other timely clauses, like “cultivate the habit of reading” under “love of study”, “limit time on the internet” under “protection of health”, and “properly sort trash” under “protection of homeland”. These all stick to the real life situations of primary and middle school students today.

Additionally, the new version of the Rules has removed “courageously struggle” and “stand up for what’s right”  that appeared in the 2004 edition.


Primary & Secondary School Student Rules (Draft Soliciting Suggestions)

1. Love the motherland, respect the national flag and national emblem, stand while singing the national anthem as a group, salute while the flag is raised, understand the country’s past and present situation.

2. Love study, be diligent in thought and question. Take pleasure in enquiry, be attentive in class and lectures, bravely state your opinions. Turn in your homework on time, and cultivate the habit of reading.

3. Love labor and take care of things for yourself. Actively accept housework, proactively clean your home, and get involved in your community. Enthusiastically volunteer and serve, and experience the products of labor.

4. Emphasize culture and respect teachers, parents, and elders. Treat others in a friendly and fair manner, be appropriate and respectful in word and deed, form lines on your own, maintain public sanitation, and care for public property.

5. Emphasize honesty, punctuality, and honor your commitments. When you recognize your mistakes, correct them. Have a sense of responsibility, don’t plagiarize and don’t cheat, don’t take things from others, and if you borrow things, return them in a timely manner.

6. Emphasize rule of law and respect the rules of your school. Help keep an orderly class, promote awareness of the rules, get to know the law, and don’t engage in illegal activities.

7. Protect safety, stop at all red lights and proceed at green lights. Guard against drowning, don’t play with fire, understand requirements in order to protect yourself, stay away from drugs, and treat life preciously.

8. Protect health and cultivate healthy and sanitary habits. Don’t smoke and don’t drink, limit time on the internet, reject bad information, exercise regularly, and maintain a positive attitude.

9. Protect your homeland by conserving food, water, and electricity. Properly sort garbage, take care of trees, grass, and flowers, lead a low-carbon and environmentally friendly life, and protect the natural environment.



Original publication date: August 3, 2014

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4DABD5A40F31F102A72CA2980D0C40DARecently, a point-adding scandal occurred at a high school in Jixi County, Heilongjiang. In this case, points were added to the Gaokao scores of 12 students based their superior moral thought. The county board of education called these this the “Lei Feng class”, saying that the “overall quality of the individuals in this class was rather high.” This has caused much debate; how does the public see the incident? The Beijing Daily conducted an investigation.

Adding points to Gaokao scores is currently a particularly sensitive subject. “Addition of points for personal strengths” has been heavily scrutinized by the public, and this time, it’s “addition of points for superior moral thought.” Many think it’s not the rewarding of charitable acts, but adding points for the purpose of encouragement. In the end, it seems that addition of points for superior moral thought has been misapplied, which is likely to harm the fairness of the Gaokao and turn it into something worthless.

Such concerns are obviously not superfluous. We know that “superior moral thought” is hard to rate and quantify, there’s no “1+1=2″ calculation. That is, moral thought comes from inside an individual’s consciousness. If we give priority acceptance to such students, don’t we end up cultivating faked morality? Even worse of a possibility is if there is great flexibility in how we rate morality, corruption will grow. So, the results of the Beijing Daily investigation show that 60% feel we should get rid of such points, and that they’re really nothing to be proud of. Weighing the pros and cons, considering what’s right and wrong, there’s really nothing left to say. But questions will always come up, we just have to see how they’re managed by the government.



Date of Publication: August 2, 2014

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