Students from a primary school in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality were allowed to select their winter vacation homework by drawing lots from a set of poker cards.
One student surnamed Zhao picked a card saying that she should temporarily give up playing video games and using mobile devices for a month. The card said activities such as reading, exercising and interacting with classmates should replace those related to the Internet.
For her part, the student said that she's not quite confident in resisting mobile phones or labtops, thus she may hardly complete this task.
During the first 3 days of the one-month period without mobile devices, the girl read books including "The Records about Insects" by French entomologist Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre and "The Wizard of Oz." She also tried to recite two ancient Chinese poems. As for physical exercise, she went running, rope-jumping and played table tennis. She also practiced dancing.
A teacher from the school explained that such an assignment aims at cultivating pupils' interests and hobbies, especially at a present digital age when more and more students just surf the Internet or play computer games in their spare time.
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