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Post time 2017-6-21 15:53:07 |Display all floors
(IYUBA) In China, students are required to clean their classrooms from the first grade through high school. Their cleaning duties include floor dusting, cleaning the hallways and moving the desks. Sometimes the school toilet is on the list. The purpose of students cleaning is to encourage respect for the school environment and more importantly, to learn how to be part of society and develop concern about collective interests. However, requiring students to clean at school is a foreign idea in many foreign countries. The argument is that the purpose of school is to educate, not to use child labor. What do you think? Are students responsible for cleaning their classroom?

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Post time 2017-6-21 15:59:22 |Display all floors
I personally think that is a great idea,pupils get to know how to cooperate,communicate and distribute works,as well as develop the idea of teamwork.Nowadays a lot of families only have one child,and a great proportion of them don't do chores at home.
I forgot how to forget.

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Post time 2017-6-21 16:43:38 |Display all floors
I think you should have done more research before posting this poll. It is misleading to state "...requiring students to clean at school is a foreign idea in many foreign countries." Two times "foreign" in one sentence, one time with a distinctly condescending meaning.

No, the idea that pupils learn to do simple household chores is not "foreign" anywhere in the world. It is true, though, that pupils seldom have to clean floors, classrooms and toilets in Western countries. These schools have dedicated cleaning personnel to do that.

But pupils do learn to do some chores, for example to place the chairs on the desks so that the cleaning staff can do their job right away. Pupils also clean black boards (where they still exist). Pupils furthermore learn to separate waste materials and collect them: paper, glass bottles, plastic. Thus they acquire a practical sense of environmental protectiveness, something that is never being taught in China. Some schools loan their pupils out to perform social community work for the benefit of old couples, infirm people or other children.

There is a major difference between schools in Europe and China: most children in the West live with their parents who then teach them how to do household work. Chinese parents prefer to get rid of their children and park them in boarding schools. Thus it is logical for these schools to teach pupils what European parents teach their own children.  

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Post time 2017-6-21 22:57:19 |Display all floors
we had to show/explain/teach all our Ayies how to clean properly
sometimes my chin. wife gave up and we did it by ourself
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Post time 2017-6-21 23:56:55 |Display all floors
It is a very good thing, teaching students some sense of responsibility. It would be a good idea for the US students to also do this.

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Post time 2017-6-22 00:11:07 |Display all floors
Same in Japan. It's a good idea.

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Post time 2017-6-22 15:00:01 |Display all floors
lionstar Post time: 2017-6-21 22:57
we had to show/explain/teach all our Ayies how to clean properly
sometimes my chin. wife gave up and ...

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