China pushes so­cial­ist val­ues knowl­edge

Val­ues can make younger gen­er­a­tion bet­ter un­der­stand re­spon­si­bil­i­ties

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Liu Caiyu

Stu­dents and teach­ers across China are be­ing asked to en­hance their knowl­edge of the core so­cial­ist val­ues, with teach­ers in some re­gions be­ing graded and mon­i­tored.

Schools in many prov­inces, in­clud­ing kinder­gartens, pri­mary and mid­dle schools, are asked to read and re­cite the core so­cial­ist val­ues reg­u­larly, some on daily ba­sis, the Global Times found out Thurs­day.

“Stu­dents need to read the so­cial­ist core val­ues text­book ev­ery day be­fore the first morn­ing class for three min­utes. It is some­thing we’ve done for years, but ide­o­log­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion has in­ten­si­fied in re­cent years,” said Li Shenghui, a mid­dle school math teacher in Guang­zong, North China’s He­bei Prov­ince.

“Learn­ing the core val­ues can make the younger gen­er­a­tion bet­ter un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It is a moral im­pe­tus to make stu­dents be­come bet­ter peo­ple,” Li told the Global Times.

Li asked ev­ery stu­dent in his class to paste the core so­cial­ist val­ues on their desks, dor­mi­tory walls and their pock­ets. Stu­dents are re­quired to read it three times if they for­get por­tions of it.

Classes at mid­dle and pri­mary schools as well as kinder­gartens in Hoxud county, Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion have con­tained five-minute con­tent about core so­cial­ist val­ues since mid-Septem­ber, lo­cal news site ts.cn re­ported. This cam­paign was first launched in 2015.

Stu­dents from the Ji­ax­ing Third Mid­dle School, East China’s Zhe­jiang Prov­ince are ran­domly picked to re­cite the so­cial­ist core val­ues ev­ery day be­fore morn­ing ex­er­cises, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion bureau.

Mean­while, all teach­ers in Bei­jing’s kinder­gartens, pri­mary and mid­dle schools will be re­quired to take cour­ses on core so­cial­ist val­ues and tra­di­tional cul­tures in 2018, the Bei­jing Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion said on Septem­ber 8.

The course is now be­ing pi­loted in six schools. Whether teach­ers take the cour­ses and use the core val­ues in teach- ing will be mon­i­tored and graded, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sion.

The core so­cial­ist val­ues have taken root in the pub­lic’s mind and have been trans­lated into ac­tion since it was first de­fined at the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) in 2012, the Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported.

The 24-char­ac­ter core so­cial­ist val­ues, which sum­ma­rize the na­tion, so­ci­ety and in­di­vid­ual, are a set of moral prin­ci­ples de­fined by the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties. They are pros­per­ity, democ­racy, ci­vil­ity, har­mony, free­dom, equal­ity, jus­tice, the rule of law, pa­tri­o­tism, ded­i­ca­tion, in­tegrity and friend­ship, ac­cord­ing to the Peo­ple’s Daily.

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