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The risk of individualism when "Grateful Education" becomes a show. [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2014-9-26 19:41:56 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wpywood at 2014-9-26 21:39

Recently, a speech under the title of "hold up the sun of tomorrow" aimed at restoring pupils gratefulness to thier parents, teachers and to change their destiny, was held in The Central Elementary School of Jiasai town of Pingxian County in Liaocheng, Shandong. Under the guidance of the speaker, a number of over 1000 teachers, pupils and parents broke down for several times and burst into tears.

To begin with, I can't agree more with the liberal orientation of such educational activities, especially in this post-industrial world where the domination of technology and pragmatism is over traditional ethics and ideologies. Since people are human, education should focus on personal development first. It is believed that one should be taught with humanity first.

Thus we should be grateful to those who raise and care us, and to those who teach and discipline us. And these people are our parents and teachers. They have tried their best to bring the best to us. And we shall reflect and ponder upon our responses. However as pupils, we are just ungrateful, inconsiderate, impatient compared to our parents and teachers. Shouldn't we feel guilty and make a change? And only through changing our behaviors, shall we pay back their kindness and love. Usually this speech is delivered with rather sad and blue music.

Then, it just reaches the climax- throngs of emotional children full of guilty and adults feeling reassured burst into tears and hug each other. Is not this a moving spectacle of love?Shouldn't we feel sorry? Will it be strange not to be so emotional?

Here comes my worry. Firstly, Chinese people are known as collective. We attach great importance to others' feelings and comments on themselves. The humanity in Chinese is "仁" which literally means a harmonious relationship between two people. Moreover, We Chinese often compare life to a show on stage where everyone plays his part. As a show has opening, development, climax and ending, so it is with everything in China. These two factors just trouble every Chinese who don't want to lose face.  

My concerns and questions are as follows:
When a hundred cry in such condition, shall one be permitted not to cry? If he or she doesn't cry or be less emotional, can we say they lack of gratefulness?

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Post time 2014-9-27 23:08:23 |Display all floors
hit my soul deeply

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Post time 2014-9-28 17:36:23 |Display all floors
What differentiated us from the more stronger beast like elephants, lions and tigers are that as a species, we are able to learn from our elders, whether they are our parents or from another ethnic group or even from the elders of or enemies by means of recorded information. This is an attempt for each one of us to preserve the continuation of our species, an act of compassion.

It is a natural and necessary emotional expression to shed tears in very emotional, psychological and spiritual moments. Just as we, as baby cries, to get attention, express heightened excitement and even happiness.

This also makes us different from and transcends above the beasts.  

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Post time 2014-9-29 10:18:48 |Display all floors
This post was edited by wpywood at 2014-9-29 10:21
huaren2323 Post time: 2014-9-28 17:36
What differentiated us from the more stronger beast like elephants, lions and tigers are that as a s ...


How will you judge one if he or she just didn't burst into cry or appeared indifferent to the "Grateful Education" at that particular moment? a beast? or a broken man?

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Post time 2014-9-29 14:59:24 |Display all floors
There is fire in my chest when looking at these pictures. Are we gonna back to the feudal era?

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Post time 2014-9-29 17:09:44 |Display all floors
Reminds me this madness spectacle when Mao died. It only confirms what everybody, who spent some material amount of time here thinks: China has changed only on surface.

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