Primary/Early 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.

 

Source: http://edu.163.com/14/0803/07/A2N5FK8K00294M9N.html

Original publication date: August 3, 2014

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fried eggXi’an Evening News: Mr. Li, who lives in the Longgang Garden community of Weiyang Road, felt both happy and helpless in his situation. His 8 year old son, Mumu, was required by his school to learn the new skill of frying an egg. With encouragement, Mumu developed an unrelenting interested in frying eggs, and every day, he would make them for his father to eat. This continued for 20 days until Mr. Li, who already had high cholesterol, “felt it was torture.” In order to avoid illness while protecting the feelings of his son, Mr. Li could only wait until Mumu was asleep before going home.

Mumu is a cute and lively boy in the 3rd grade at Houzaimen Elementary School. Right after summer break ended, the school told students they had to learn a new skill, with suggestions including sprouting beans and frying eggs. Under the guidance of his mother, Mumu decided to study frying eggs. At the beginning of August, a studious Mumu studied frying eggs with his mother daily. Facing boiling hot oil, Mumu was a bit scared at first, and only slowly dared to make a move. Sometimes the egg was burnt, sometime it was too oily. “Even so, his mother and I thought they tasted good. We didn’t raise him for nothing!” Mr. Li said that with his mother’s encouragement, Mumu’s craft improved, and his eggs tasted better and better, earning the praise of the entire family.

What Mr. Li didn’t realize was that due to the encouragement, Mumu became “addicted” to frying eggs. Every day when he had free time, the first thing he’d do was fry an egg, even posting pictures of the eggs on his class’s QQ group and receiving praise from his classmates. His mother was losing weight, his grandmother couldn’t eat such oily food, so the arduous task of “tasting the egg” fell on his father. At first, it was no big deal, but after more than 20 days of fried eggs, Mr. Li couldn’t quite take it anymore. “I’m scared whenever I see an egg now.” Seeing his son develop a new life skill, Mr. Li was happy, so he did his best to eat them until he “got sick”, and in order to not cause harm to his son’s enthusiasm, he could only continue to force himself to eat them.

Mr. Li said that his cholesterol is already high, and that the doctor has ordered him to eat fewer eggs. But every time he wanted to say, “Daddy can’t eat it,” he’d look at Mumu’s expectantly excited face, and he couldn’t take it. He’d eat the egg. Taking into consideration his own health, Mr. Li has been choosing to go home after 9:30 every night so that his son will already be asleep, and so that he won’t have to eat the eggs.

Would should Mr. Li do? Mrs. Gao, a resident of the same complex, suggests giving Mumu a new recipe, that way they won’t get sick of what he cooks.

Xu Jianguo, a well-known education specialist, expressed his opinion on the matter. “For children, the process of frying an egg is a learning process, and they can expand their cognitive abilities. If I were the parents, I wouldn’t say anything.” Xu Jianguo said that at the root of life is learning, and that the child should be allowed to slowly become “aware and critical” of the situation himself. What the parents don’t want to eat, they can secretly throw away. Although it’s a bit wasteful, the child’s enthusiasm is much more precious.

 

Date of Publication: 9/17/2013

Source: http://kids.163.com/13/0917/17/9908P54N00294KTV.html

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