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For the past month, a fair outside the middle school gave away bottles of red wine, baijiu (100 proof), and packs of cigarettes as prizes. It only took a few minutes until I ran into James, one of my 7th grade students, who uncapped his prize of red wine and began to take a long swig of victory. These negative influences can begin to steer students away from studying, and instead, toward earning quick money to live ‘extravagant’ lives of smoking, drinking, and riding a motorcycle. Later, he acknowledged that alcohol makes you “sick and dizzy,” but it looked fun and he wanted to try it.

Baoshan, Yunnan

PC: Rachael Burton (missbteachingforchina.wordpress.com)

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