China: Socialist Education in the Classroom (2014)

Red Star Primary School pupils – Writing Down Their Dreams!

On the morning of China’s National Day (1.10.2014) – just before the raising of the Red Flag – around two thousand staff and pupil’s of Shijiazhuang city’s Red Star Primary School (situated in Hebei province), gathered to recite the ‘Twenty Four  Core Socialist Values’ which include ‘Prosperity’, Democracy, Bright Culture, Harmony, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Rule of Law, Patriotism, Dedication, Integrity, and Friendliness, etc. These ideals are taught throughout the school year involving many and varied educational activities that help the children through discovery-learning and play, what it means to live in a ‘Communist’ country, and how important ‘civilised’ behaviour is, for a society to progress and evolve. As the Red Flag is raised – the meaning of these core ‘Socialist’ values is made ever clearer to these young minds – the Socialists of tomorrow.

Red Star Primary School pupils – Their Creations

One creative-writing exercise involves the Red Star Primary School pupils taking the ‘Twenty Four Core Socialist Values’ and through free-association, re-imagine different ways to positively interpret and develop these ideals in any way they think is good, attractive, worthwhile and all-inclusive. The individuals in the class are encouraged to develop their own ideas – but are uplifted and empowered through the collective activity of the entire class itself.  There is no such thing as ‘failure’, and unlike bourgeois schools in the West, every single child in China is valued and uplifted through the tenants of Marxist-Leninism-Maoism! This means that the creative powers of each child are acknowledged as being equally worthy by the Communist State, and through expert education that is supportive and directive, the intellectual and creative capacities are individually and collectively enhanced. Every child is of equal importance in China. Through patriotism, it is often the case that the educational standards of parents are improved by the educational accomplishments of their children. This is because in modern China education has blossomed beyond any level known in its history – and sometimes adults have to catch-up. Love of country is combined with love of family and love of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with no discrimination. It is important that the Chinese people develop together and set an example for the rest of humanity.

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