Video of an unusual event over the weekend at a Guilin middle school has sparked discussion online among Chinese netizens about whether students at the school are being taught good values about respecting their parents, or if they are being “brainwashed.”
The video, shot on Saturday at a parent conference outside the school, shows adults sitting in chairs while more than a hundred children kowtow at their feet as a school official dramatically implores the students to be thankful for their parents and to strive to study even harder. The students stay with their heads to the ground for at least one minute.
Some netizens have seen nothing wrong with this large-scale display of filial piety, applauding the school for teaching kids to honor their parents and treat them with respect. Meanwhile, other, less traditional netizens have wondered if this is not simply an example of mass “brainwashing.”
Watch below and see what you think.
Back in 2015, a Jiangsu primary school generated a similar debate by having kids show their gratitude to their parents by kowtowing to them out on the field on the first day of class. Whether you believe this sort of thing is rational or feudal, silly or meaningful, you have to agree that it at least provides these kids with practical training that should prove useful in their future careers.
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