A proposal by Qiu Xiling (second from left) has been chosen as one of the best at the 2020 Model CPPCC. PROVIDED TO TEENS
When pop band Teens in Times took the stage, an intense roar rose up. Xiao Min was one of the many screaming teens in the packed stadium. She had skipped quite a few of her classes in school to see the show.
Xiao Min’s friend, Qiu Xiling, 17, a student from Tongzhou Senior High School in Jiangsu province found that there were a large number of teenagers following their favorite entertainers. They tracked their tours and traveled to airports to get a glimpse of their idols. This led to their grades dropping and more arguments with their parents.
“Such stories are all too common. I want to do something to wake them up,” Qiu said. Qiu and three other students drafted a proposal to address this issue and submitted it to the 2020 Model Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (Model CPPCC）. It was organized by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and All-China Students’ Federation. Among 1,605 entries, Qiu’s team’s proposal was chosen as one of the 10 best.
Since September, Qiu and her team have worked diligently to design questionnaires and survey students of different ages. They got over 300 responses. During their research, they heard many stories about teenagers who believed becoming a celebrity was an instant way to wealth and fame.
As a result, these teens became more aggressive or strayed from mainstream values. Qiu’s team suggested that the celebrities’ income, as well as their production companies, be strictly monitored.
Their proposal was not the only one that focused on significant issues in the sphere of education.
The Model CPPCC also rewarded proposals focusing on campus violence, preschool education and agriculture education in primary and secondary schools.
Yang Xiaoting, a senior student from Liangguan Middle School in Lijiang, Yunnan province, turned her attention to the untended farmlands. “Many people move from the countryside to the city for temporary work, leaving behind their children,” Yang said. “Without their parents around, the children grow up with little knowledge of how to farm. It will possibly lead to a vicious cycle of wasted resources.”
To address this issue, Yang suggested compiling farming textbooks, setting up farming tool exhibition halls, visiting agricultural technology stations and encouraging students to experience farm work firsthand.
“Young people are an important part of society,” Yang said. “If we want to make changes, we can start with the issues that are currently affecting our generation.”