As I walk down the hill from my house to catch the bus to work I often see the children from the local kindergarten doing their morning exercises. At this tender age, their movements are generally muddled and half-hearted, though I have to say their teachers don't make much of an effort either. So is it actually an attempt to get the kids fit? I think not. Is it to teach them the series of exercises so that they can replicate them throughout their ongoing education? Perhaps, for students do the exact same exercises in every Chinese school until they make it (or not) to University. Or is it a form of mind control? Does it simply prepare the students for doing time-wasting and mindless activities without thinking or questioning? Somehow, that sounds more like the truth. I certainly can't see western teenagers meekly standing outside at 7am in all weathers waving their arms around to 1940s patriotic hymns.
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