Translator: VOG-M, the original article was in mandarin.
‘Teacher, my hands are freezing!’
A video was recorded on Dec 13th 2019, in An Da city, Hei Long Jiang province. Lu, Yanyan who was a grade 7 student at a local school, arrived one day at around 7 AM and started shoveling snow with her classmates. Yanyan did not usually wear gloves to school, thus she started shoveling snow without any protection for the next 3 hours. Later a journalist asked Yanyan why didn’t she talk to the teacher when her hands were hurting in the freezing cold? Yanyan said:” at the beginning, my hands were hurting, but after a bit, they went numb, and they stopped hurting. I then asked the teacher when would we stop shoveling? And the teacher said with this much snow, I had no idea when it would be done.”
Screenshot of the video is provided:
When it comes to educating kids, the highest praise that any Chinese parents would give is probably “this kid is so obedient”. These obedient kids, they will never do things that adults tell them not to do, and they will overcome any challenges if they were told to do something. Having an obedient kid put parents’ minds at ease, and make teachers’ jobs easier when they are teaching. What I want to discuss today is China’s problematic education system that overemphasizes on being obedient.
Based on the latest report from the doctors, they had started treating Yanyan’s hands, and right now they were monitoring the healing process. The doctors also claimed that the portion of Yanyan’s hands that suffered edema would be cured. But the portion of the hands which were already blackened (serve frostbite), they might need to be amputated if they could not heal fast enough. The school administration responded that if anything happened to Yanyan, the school will take responsibility, and would not shirk away.
After watching this video, I was in shock, how could such a little kid have gotten into such serve frostbite? If Yanyan’s hands do need to be amputated, it will affect her future life in unimaginable ways! And I believed the teacher was definitely the main cause of this tragedy.
The other thing that broke my heart was the fact that the kid didn’t say a thing to the teacher after her hands went numb, and she didn’t stop. The news report said that the kid couldn’t feel pain, but that was a complete lie. The reason was obvious because the kid knew that the teacher would probably criticize her for being whiny, so the best choice was to bear the pain and be an “obedient kid”. I believe the emphasis on being obedient is the biggest problem with the Chinese education system and also the most common one. What does a school require? An obedient student. What do the parents require? An obedient kid. What does the nation require? A person that obeys the party.
After years of brainwashing, the idea of absolute obedience is carved deep into the Chinese kids’ heart, thus kids have no courage to express their own opinions. They would rather obey the social norm than stepping out of bounds and become a talking point. The fear of being an outlier makes her choose to bear the pain, but this kind of absolute obedience is not different from slavery. However, what is more, sickening is that I saw many comments on the internet which blamed the kid for being stupid, it wouldn’t take a genius to see that the kid was not the problem, rather it was China’s twisted education system. Those people who victim blame was truly ignorant.
In China, most of the school staffs don’t have any safety training, however, the schools always organize the kids to clean the entire school, and every time, no one was there to make sure if the kids have the right gears, and the staffs only told the kids to be safe. Does any school staff aware of the safety risks when kids are cleaning the entire school? Are the teachers watching over the kids and protecting them? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
China is one of the few countries that require absolute obedience from top to bottom, as a result, no matter what kind of beating, torture, belittling, cursing and etc. you throw at the Chinese people, they can bear it all. And this kind of numbness towards being personally attacked has become a virtue within Chinese society. But absolute obedient undoubtfully strip away all individualism, and individuals have no independent thinking, they acted like machines carrying out orders with no self-regards. The Chinese society is like a hive mind, only the thoughts of the people who are at the very top of CCP matter. The Chinese education system shows us that, when a country builds an education system to serve a dictatorship, all the kids and adults are merely expendables.
I urge all Chinese parents to wake up, and stop teaching their kids to be obedient, but instead start teaching them to question authorities and become an independent thinker. Never let one of your kids become mindless machines who have lost all self-awareness.
Translator’s opinion: If let CCP continue it’s a dictatorship, China’s education system will never change, because a free education system that encourages independent thinking, will produce independent thinkers. And one of the features of an independent thinker is to question authorities. But when the authorities and CCP officials are being questioned at all times, a government would not be able to dictate. As a result, the only way to fix China’s education problem is to abolish CCP and any form of dictatorship, and communism.