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Anchorman backs students by wearing green tie

(China Daily)

08:43, October 21, 2011

A TV grab shows anchorman Bai Yansong wearing a green tie on Oct 19, 2011. (People's Daily Online Photo)

"I just want the students to know that I'm also wearing a green one. And we are all great people and are as good as those wearing red scarves." Bai Yansong, a famous anchor of China Central Television, voiced his support to students wearing green scarves at a primary school in Xi'an by wearing a green tie on a TV program, Oct 19, 2011.

The program focused on a recent controversial issue, triggered by First Experimental Primary School in Northwestern China's Xi'an that made children whose schoolwork and general behavior were not yet good enough to wear green scarves instead of the red scarf of the Chinese Young Pioneers.

"The original idea for designing the green scarf was to strengthen education and to encourage the pupils to work harder," said Chen Hong, the school's principal.

The practice that divided students into "good" and "bad" has provoked a lot of discussions on Sina Weibo, a Chinese twitter-like microblogging website.

The color of green in Chinese culture carries an annoying implication particularly because “green hats" are the Chinese symbol of a cuckold. Many Weibo users thought it was inappropriate to make pupils wear green scarves.

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Brad76 at 2011-10-21174.95.140.*
I can see the train of thought behind the scarves, but at the same time I feel bad for the ones that have to wear green.
ari at 2011-10-21175.137.234.*
Too many teachers and principals are not qualified for the posts they hld. They are too backward and have no knowledge nor understanding of human psychology ad the tremendous damage they do the children"s psyche and self esteem. They are just neanderthal brutes. That"s what they are no matter what they say. What are they doing teaching?

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