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School of etiquette becomes a class apart

By An Baijie (China Daily)

09:10, March 20, 2012

Middle school principal Wang Zhengsheng has meticulously observed a Monday morning ritual for the past three years. Dressed in a sharp suit, he stands at the school gate and welcomes everyone with a courteous bow.

Wang does not carry out his gate ritual alone. There are nine other people - three teachers and six students on rotation - standing in two rows on both sides, chanting "Good morning" and bowing to the passing students. Greetings are returned by appreciative students.

Wang, 52, headmaster of Louhe No 15 Middle School in Central China's Henan province, has been promoting "etiquette education" since 2008 when he took charge. He believes politeness can go a long way to make students, especially the more rebellious ones, more obedient and studious.

"The students feel respected when teachers, even the headmaster, welcome them in the morning," Wang told China Daily. "In the long run, students will be more polite even after they graduate from the school."

Every teacher and student in the school is on duty at least twice each semester.

"Only by respecting others will you receive respect from them," Wang explained with a saying from an ancient Chinese book. It is a philosophy shared by many other cultures and societies.

Apart from the ritual, the headmaster also requires the students to recite Dizigui, (the rules of being a student), a book written by a scholar more than 300 years ago, which has long been deemed the classic textbook for manners and etiquette.

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esperansa at 2012-03-22124.210.129.*
It is often said that tourists from China have no qualms about throwing away trashes and spitting on the streets, which is nothing but a lack of sense of ettiquette, in another words, indifference to the surroundings .

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