Dumbing Down

Earlier this month, secondary school students reportedly tore their schoolbooks into pieces and threw the litter down to the courtyard from their several-storey building, apparently somewhere in Southern China, after their college entrance examination. The Southern Metropolis Daily reader who contributed the photo story adds the line to it that

Since ancient times, sages have encouraged the love for books, but the young are having fun in tearing the books, which is remarkable.
古来圣贤鼓励爱书,后生们把撕书当乐事,不简单。
(gǔlái shèngxián gǔlì ài shū, hòushēng men bǎ sī shū dāng lèshì, bù jiǎndān.)

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