Life Lessons During The Cultural Revolution

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Final Research Question: What life lessons and experiences did the Cultural Revolution impose upon teenage students that could not be learned in a classroom?

Project Choice: Memoir Recollection

*Note to Mr. Willis*
I have written my project with a theme of the reforms of the educational system, before, during and after the Cultural Revolution. I think having to experience the revolution and not receiving a proper education weighs heavily on them. The educational system is important to them, as it presents as an opportunity that they missed on. In my opinion, I think the most valuable lesson learned from someone who went through the revolution would be the opportunities that they missed, and how they can learn from this disastrous incident.

Escape from Revolution

I was only 12 when it all started. The summer of 1966 changed my life forever, and left a scar that would never heal. The past is forever
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In the early months that followed the revolution, schools and universities were closed, and Red Guards set up divisions in school campuses and classrooms around the nation. However, gradually they reopened and multiple educational reforms were placed in the system. One of which, was the admission policy, where custom entrance examinations were used to qualify students, but this policy was abolished at all levels of schooling. The new enrollment policy opened up opportunities for students of the lower class, but downgraded the academic standards, as more students were qualified to enter high ranked colleges. The management of schools was another major change that occurred during the revolution. Intellectuals who were labeled as “bourgeois” were forced to step down from administration, and local workers took over the
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