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"We wanted to let our child get close to nature, and we heardthat there were some good schools here," she says.


Her son Dou Dou entered a private school based on the GermanWaldorf education theory, which emphasizes nature and the arts.


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Dou Dou has now entered the school's primary education section.He has no text books, and is encouraged to create his own textbooks by writing down what he learned in class.


Besides the school built on the basis of a western philosophy ofeducation, the Wutong mountains have also seen the emergence ofSishus, or private schools, which are usually run by families andmainly teaching traditional Chinese classics.


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"Confucius said 'A cultured man is not a tool.' Children shouldnot be brought up in a uniform way, and they should be allowed torealize their different potential [url=http://www.arsenalfcpro.com/Kids-Granit-Xhaka-Jersey/]Granit Xhaka Arsenal Jersey[/url] ," Zhang says.


There are a dozen Sishus in the mountains, mostly on a verysmall scale, with a dozen students or less.


Qiu Ying rents out her house in downtown Shenzhen and sends herfive-year-old daughter to a Sishu in the Wutong mountains. Qiuworks in a foreign trade company in the city and spends around twohours commuting every day.


"Getting in close touch with nature is a valuable experience forthe child," she says.


More and more like-minded parents are gathering in the Wutongmountains, where an education community of 160 households has beenformed. The parents keep close contact with each other and areactively involved in school activities.


Yun Xiang says that recently in order to help the children'smountain climbing activities every Wednesday [url=http://www.arsenalfcpro.com/Kids-Emiliano-Martinez-Jersey/]Emiliano Martinez Arsenal Jersey[/url] , some of the parentsbuilt an 8-meter-long wooden bridge over a cove.


"The best education for children is to inspire them to followtheir own way and teach them what they want to learn," shesays.


Sun Yunxiao, an expert with China Youth and Children ResearchCenter, says these schools are a good trial for parents toexperiment with different forms of education, but also points outthe importance of government supervision to ensure qualityeducation.


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The other issue with earmarks is that most of them originate from within agency budgets, so eliminating them would not reduce spending; the money would simply be spent on other projects. Additionally, the President and the politicians that head up the agencies can direct monies to projects in a manner that isn鈥檛 considered an earmark but operates in much the same way.


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