A teacher, surnamed Guo, has defended her actions in stamping the foreheads of students to denote good and bad behaviour, something irate parents have compared to the branding of criminals during the Cultural Revolution by pouring ink over their hair and faces.
This activity was designed to encourage the children. Stamps demonstrating reward or punishment on the face or body cannot be hidden like those in a book, and I hoped those who were underperforming would work harder for the red stamps. I recognise that my actions were ill-considered and I will reflect on this in the future.
A reporter sent by the Southern Metropolis Daily saw three students in the third-grade classroom at Shangfen Primary School in Shenzhen’s Longhua New Zone with red or blue stamps on their faces. He was told by students that the blue stamps were given by the teacher to ‘bad’ students, and red stamps to students deemed ‘good’. One student with a blue stamp said he was laughed at by his classmates and could only wash it off when he got home.