While school uniforms are standard issue in Chinese schools, some uniforms are more “revolutionary” than others.
The Agence France-Presse (AFP) recently visited Yang Dezhi, a primary school in rural Guizhou province that became a “Red Army school” back in 2008. In China, there are over 200 of these schools which receive additional funding from the “red nobility” of revolution-era Communist commanders and their families.
Because of their generous donations, the benefactors get a say in how the students dress (blue/gray military uniforms, red scarves, crimson starred hats) and what they are taught. Along with the standard subjects, students at these schools also attend “red culture” classes that teach patriotic songs and revolutionary history.
“The Red Army spirit is a real asset for children. It teaches them to be hardworking and thrifty from a young age,” a school manager told the AFP.
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