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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:33 PM

A Chinese Education, for a Price

.." Nearly everything has a price, parents and educators say, from school admissions and placement in top classes to leadership positions in Communist youth groups. Even front-row seats near the blackboard or a post as class monitor are up for sale.

Zhao Hua, a migrant from Hebei Province who owns a small electronics business here, said she was forced to deposit $4,800 into a bank account to enroll her daughter in a Beijing elementary school. At the bank, she said, she was stunned to encounter officials from the district education committee armed with a list of students and how much each family had to pay. Later, school officials made her sign a document saying the fee was a voluntary “donation.”

“Of course I knew it was illegal,” she said. “But if you don’t pay, your child will go nowhere...”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/world/asia/in-china-schools-a-culture-of-bribery-spreads.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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By the way, they're talking about bribes to enter or get privileges at PUBLIC schools. Is this where the push for charter schools could lead?

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Lydia Leftcoast Nov 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #1
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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 12:38 PM

1. Some Communists they are.

Except they aren't really Communists any more; they're authoritarian capitalists with centralized government control of the capitalism. Sounds like something Mitt Romney would have loved.

Aren't you glad he's gone back to California to ride up and down on his car elevator and curse the mooching, taking 47% on his own dime?

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:22 AM

2. Sounds like a Libertarian utopia. n/t

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