(Sixthtone) Screenshots of parents’ flowery written speeches about why they should be elected to the Parent Teacher Association made the rounds on Chinese social media on Friday, triggering both incredulous comments from and anxiety in parents-to-be.|
“Becoming a PTA member means you’ll have more chances to keep in touch with teachers, and this might benefit your child’s performance somehow,” Xu, a head teacher at a public school in Shanghai, told Sixth Tone on Friday.
In the speeches, the parents boast of their expensive educations at prestigious universities, of their good jobs, and of their qualifications as ideal role models for children. “I graduated from Central Michigan University, and now I work at a private equity firm,” wrote one mother, adding that her husband, a Ph.D., works at the People’s Bank of China. She enumerated several reasons why she believed herself to be a strong candidate.
“I have three years of experience as the head of the parents’ committee at my child’s kindergarten; my work schedule is flexible, so I can be present whenever I’m needed; and I’m a fan of photography, so I can take pictures during class activities,” the mother wrote. “And my child was the host of her kindergarten’s graduation ceremony, so I have experience in training children to host.”