Primary school launches socialist values drive

2015-01-14 02:53:01 GMT2015-01-14 10:53:01(Beijing Time)  Global Times
A teacher introduces socialist core values to students.A teacher introduces socialist core values to students.

Primary school students and parents sang ballads adapted from "socialist core values" at classrooms in a school in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province on Tuesday, as part of the ongoing campaign launched by local education authorities.

It comes after the Communist Party of China issued a doctrine at its 18th National Congress in late 2012. It has evolved into a national campaign to rebuild faith amid concerns that China has lost its moral compass during its three-decade-long economic miracle, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"Clap, clap, clap! Prosperity and democracy rank top. Clap, clap, clap! Happy with civility and harmony," over 100 teachers, students and parents sang on Monday at the Changgang Zhonglu Primary School while clapping their hands, the Guangzhou-based Nandu Daily reported on Tuesday.

The school's headmaster, Chen Haiyuan, said teachers made a 24-character list of China's socialist core values into a popular song to help kids internalize the values, which is now part of the school curriculum.

"We have launched the campaign in kindergartens, primary and high schools since April last year … This semester has witnessed more socialist values-oriented activities in various forms," an employee of the Guangzhou education bureau told the Global Times.

Local authorities compiled and handed out textbooks on core socialist values to students. Bulletin boards as well as posters of those values are often seen on campus, and teachers also discuss them in Chinese, history, music, art and physical education classes, according to a press release e-mailed by the bureau to the Global Times.

However, Han Zhipeng, a delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Guangzhou Committee, said he doubts the slogans contained in the formalistic songs can be understood by children, although patriotic education is necessary.

"As social reform has gradually deepened and the country has increasingly opened up to the world, the Chinese have embraced diversified thoughts, including the decayed, outdated ideals of mammonism and extreme individualism," the People's Daily wrote in a February 2014 editorial.

Core socialist values include national prosperity, democracy, civility and harmony; social goals of freedom, equality, justice and the rule of law; and individual values of patriotism, dedication, integrity and friendship.

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