A Letter Written by Poet Hu Lanlan to Ministry of Education: Save those Children Kidnapped by Homework and Test Scores
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* Source: The Sina Weibo of Hu Lanlan, 胡兰兰, Poet.

In 2002, on the first school morning after the May Day Holiday, the only son of my friend, a 14 years old junior high school student named Bi, hanged himself in the bathroom, because he wasn’t able to finish his holiday homework. He was so afraid of being criticized by the teacher, or having his parents called by the school. When the body of the boy was carried out of his house, all neighbors wailed, and his parents were crushed down with lamentations. This is the first time I witnessed the life of a teenager ruined by fearful homework.

But I didn’t exp…

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“A Letter Written by Poet Hu Lanlan to Ministry of Education: Save those Children Kidnapped by Homework and Test Scores”, in: Chinese Research Perspectives Online, Edited by: International Advisory Board Chinese Research Perspectives Online. Consulted online on 22 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-6002_crpn_YANG_9789004270770_0025>
First published online: 2014



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