China warns teacher who let student holdparasol for her
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese grade schoolteacher was admonished Tuesday for letting a student hold a parasol for her ona school outing after photos of the incident drew overwhelming criticism onsocial media.
The Baoshan district education bureau inShanghai said in a statement that it was reminding teachers that they mustdiscipline themselves and care for their students.
Chinese officials have long had theprivilege of having underlings hold umbrellas to shield them from the elements,but the practice — once seen as a symbol of status — has been derided by peoplewho see it as an act of arrogance indicative of an authoritarian regime.
Last year, a photo of President Xi Jinpingholding his own umbrella in the rain won a top journalism prize, as itportrayed him as a normal person.
The photos of the small boy stretching uphis arm to hold the parasol over his teacher's head on a sunny day as shewalked and then sat on a bench touched a nerve among the Chinese public, whoresponded with torrents of sarcasm and criticism, even after local mediareported that the boy did it willingly.
Responding to public opinion, localeducation officials swiftly launched an investigation and announced theirdecision.
Kai 36 minutes ago
In China, a single teacher often mustmanage 50 to 80 students often by him/herself per day every day year by year.Punishments are harsh and are often physical i.e. faceslapping/kicking/smacking/embarrassment in front of the rest of the class. Ifparents learn their child were punished in school, the parents will then againpunish the student probably the same way for embarrassing their family. This ishow one teacher can teach many students such a high quality of material veryquickly.
jesse 2 hours ago
Once walked in on a class in the computerlab. The students were working on "testing" skills. One student wasassigned the task of "monitor". They went around and checked andrecorded the other students results. That's right- they got no work done; theywere busy. Another student was brushing the teacher's long hair. Again, thisstudent got no work done.
Totally inappropriate and a waste of time for two students. Teacher was notengaged with students; they were not getting feedback from teacher.
What's the point? We have bigger problems that we don't know about.
Sarah 4 hours ago
Oh that is funny. It would be consideredcute in the US.
MyCAD 6 hours ago
Why does AP report this news?
In Chinese culture, the one who holds the parasol is typically a maid orservant. There is a deep meaning to this article; otherwise, the Baoshandistrict education bureau in Shanghai would not care.
A.C.F 4 hours ago
I guess they view it as servitude.
123456789 8 hours ago
It's young people fresh from journalismschools who write these articles and peddle this trash. Perhaps we, however,should learn not to read it.
Eddie 8 hours ago
Just shows you how far apart the West andEast are. It has so many different cultures and attitudes towards little thingsthat we wouldn't even think about, but to them it's major.