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Proactive Leadership Lessons From a Chinese Classroom [Video]

pleasevoteformeDemocracy, summing up the OED, is a “government by the people…”

In Mrs. Zhang’s 3rd grade classroom in Wuhan, China democracy mirrors a talent show that allows for vote rigging.

In Please Vote for Me (2007), a documentary directed by Weijun Chen, three students from Mrs. Zhang’s 39-student class are selected to compete for the honor of becoming the “class monitor”–a enviable position that is responsible for connecting the student body with the teacher. The journey of the three candidates, lasting around a week, draws on their popularity, creative energy, intelligence, and family connections…