Sunday, August 31, 2014

Question Commander- Stefano Delmanto

Based on these three chapters I am really enjoying this read.  Mainly because I have never read a book that talks about the Chinese cultural revolution. While reading, I had some clarifying questions about some things:

Question #1
Why did the students have no graduation or final exams?

I think that the students had no graduation or final exams because of something related to the government. I feel this because after I researched I read that the Chinese cultural revolution impacted education. People stopped studying and "graduated" even if they did not work hard for it.
Something that I have learned in Graded in pal past 11 years or so, is that if you don't work hard for something. You won't achieve it. Martin Luther king once said  “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” In this quote I learn that you need to keep trying, and even when you can't, try.

Question #2
Why did the government decide the schools that the kids would go to and not the teacher?

I am not so sure, but the government might want to do something to kids in specific neighborhoods for some reason. An example of kids going to school based on their neighborhood is in Texas. There you are supposed to go to the closest school to your house, (no exemptions).


Question #3
Is the government looking forward for education?

It seems like the government is against education for some reason. Attending a school has many purposes: learning about the world. Being exposed to different people, opinions. In school, you learn how to treat other people. You discover new things, you have fun, you make friends, and you seek the unknown. Without these "abilities" you won't be someone in life. And the government isn't caring for these people.


  1. I liked your post Stefano, I think your pictures match what you're saying and so does the explanation. However, I think that some parts of the questions you asked were answered in the book. The first question has an explanation after it is stated that the students didn't have a graduation. Now for your question here is what I think:
    Question #3
    Is the government looking forward for education?
    I think that the government isn't looking forward to education because they said teachers weren't helping the learning of kids. Even though they said teachers weren't helping they didn't do anything about it, except for writing da-zi-bao. If they really cared about the kids's learning they would've gotten new teachers for the schools, teachers chosen by the government.

    1. Chloé,
      Thank you for commenting on my post!

      I agree with you that if the government really cared about education, they would have replaced the teachers with more experienced ones. That would make the schools more beneficial because the kids would learn more things. Adding to what you are saying, if the kids don't get proper teaching they will grow up and maybe won't succeed with their lives. Also, I think that the government will get a bad reputation because the kids will grow up and not be as intelligent as other people in other countries.
      Though, I hope that the government is not caring about education because there might be some dark secret that the government is hiding that is more important.

  2. Stefano,

    After looking at your second question, I decided to comment on it because of my flowing ideas.

    You said that maybe the government started to pick what school each child went because of their neighborhood. I agree and disagree with your statement. The reason I partly agree with your statement because of the government's fault. To explain, this problem also occurred in Brazil. When a public school shut down for the low amounts of teachers teaching, the government made every student in the public school go into another school for free, to show that it was the government's fault, and that they were sorry for the happening. Going back to the book, I think your thought might be true because the government could have been sorry for not taking care of the school, meaning that choosing a close by school for each child was just a "gift" to ask for forgiveness.

    Now, in the other hand, I also disagree with your thought. Refreshing what your thought was, you said that the government chose people's schools because of their neighborhood. I think this might not be the case because of the cost. If our school has more than hundreds of people, then public schools will probably have three times more. Now, if the government made each student to go for a nearby school, they must have waisted millions since each school has a fee to enter, which means the government would have to pay for them. The government probably wouldn't do this because they could use this money they wasted on the children for public works, such as making a new building. I am not saying I would do this, but I think the government would choose to improve their society rather than choosing new schools for children.

    After these two analyzes, I ask, do you think the government gave the children new schools because they cared, or do you think they didn't intend to do this (and cared about the public works)?

    Still, your question made me think truthfully. Good job


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  4. Question: Why did the students have no graduation or final exams?

    Answer: I believe that the reason Mao Ze-Dong eliminated final exams and graduation from school was because of some of the communist party's basic ideals. Communism is based on the fact that everyone is equal and personal property does not exist. In reality, Mao Ze-Dong's revolution was created by a number of extremists, including himself, who were bent on reasserting their power over the government after Mao's previous project, called the Great Leap Forward, failed dramatically. According to Mao Ze-Dong, school exams and graduation contradicted the Communist Party's ideals on complete equality, since students who received A's went to amazing schools, while those who got worse grades were accepted into mediocre schools. By being a powerful dictator and extremist, Mao had the power to shut down schools and control society in almost every way. Later on, schools were closed for good so that more people could join the Red Guards in their battles.

  5. I indeed like your post. It looks like you've put a lot of work on it.

    Question 2. Why did the government decide the schools that the kids would go to and not the teacher?

    In my thought it's the same as yours. It simply does not make a school teach without teachers. I also had a similar problem while I was living in Florida. I could not go to a better public school if it is farther than the closest one next to me. Due to this I had moved about 3 times just to find a better school for my knowledge to grow. Turns out, they were all similar. the thing about question 2 is it connects with one and three. You may want to avoid similar questions because then, it does not answer various questions we need.

  6. Question #2
    Why did the government decide the schools that the kids would go to and not the teacher?
    Maybe they want some specific people in some schools because maybe they could use them. Some might be smarter so take them to a better school so in the future they may be use them for their own benefit. Like for example they get a great student put them in medical school. So that in the future they may be useful for the community. Or maybe because its the cultural revolution and things are getting harder to control. So they just send everyone to whatever school.

  7. I agreed with your post, I also think that you are doing great on the blogposts lately which is great. I think your pictures match what you're saying and so does the explanation. also In my thought it's the same as yours. It simply does not make a school teach without teachers. Anyways good post and keep up the hard work.

  8. Stefano,

    To me, your questions seemed pretty good to answer. To begin with, your discussion on question number two and three made me think a bit. When I read both questions, I thought differently and I partially disagree with you. When you mentioned that the government might be choosing schools for the kids so they can be close to their homes, it made me go further into the idea of balance. In my opinion, the government chooses the schools because they want balance between the student and the school. In another words, the government might be choosing what they think is adequate for the level of the student. I might be completely wrong, but why would the government care about what school each student goes to? Students can choose themselves, but the government wanted to be more balanced. Just as they want to get rid of fourolds. I can connect this with being fourold because the government does not permit anything out of the normal; same with education. Finally, the government wants education to get a balance, just like they want the whole society to be "perfect", with zero diversity.

  9. Stefano,

    Good job on your post. I agree with it and I also think that your pictures bring a new meaning and a better understanding to the post. When you talk about question #3 I agree with you in everything because in school you not only learn academically, but also you meet new people and you have lots of fun. Keep up the great work!

  10. Question: Why did the students have no graduation or final exams?


    I think that the students had no final exams is because of the communist idea that every on should be equal and have everything equal. I disagree with THIS part of the common communist belief. I think that it is absurd that some one that works hard and tries their best would be accepted in the same collage and have the same job opportunities as some one that does not do their best and does not care for school. For example: imagine if you had only sixes and sevens and you went to the same collage, went to the same job, and was paid the same amount of money as some one that got only ones and twos. That is exactly the same situation as in the book. If you put your self in the same situation as Ji-li Jiang you will notice how bad having no final exams is.

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