Democracy in a Chinese Classroom – Weijun Chen

The BBC reports on a classroom experiment in Wuhan where eight-year-old students are allowed for the first time to vote for the class monitor, a coveted position. And it turns out to be a cut-throat competition:

 44160124 Cheng SpeechThe three candidates were all thoroughly determined to win this prized position of power, and they used a variety of tactics to try to achieve their ambition…

Cheng Cheng, whose ultimate ambition was to be president of China, wanted to be class monitor because, he said: “You can order people around.”

He was coached by his parents in speechmaking, singing, and wrong-footing his rivals. [Full text]

[Image: Candidate Cheng Cheng, via BBC]

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