China Says Pollution Helping Kids Use Imagination

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“I’m picturing the Forbidden City behind me!”

China’s Ministry of Education released some very encouraging numbers last week, showing significant increases in imagination all throughout its major cities.

According to indicators tracking the Imagination Quality Index, spikes in creative thoughts in the minds of children have registered at consistently high levels over the past decade or so primarily due to industrialization and the “recanvasing” of China skies.

“We have given our children a gift,” reported a high level official Xi He.  “The dark gray canvas that we have stretched across the horizon offers kids the perfect opportunity to paint ideas in whatever color or hue their creativity suggests.”

On October 21, 2013, record smog closed the Harbin Airport along with all schools in the area. Daily particulate levels of more than 50 times the World Health Organisation recommended daily level were reported in parts of the municipality (Wiki).  Apparently, this is not uncommon in some cities where a black canvas is preferred to a gray one.

“I love looking out of my hospital window,” one Beijing child said.  “Sometimes I picture red and gold dragons fighting a big, dark gray monster that has taken over the city.  Hao bang!”

Apparently, IQI levels correspond with AQI levels so officials have taken measures to ensure that future generations stay rich in creativity.

“From factory workers to coal miners to farmers burning their fields, it really is a city-wide effort,” Xi He revealed.  “We are all taking part in creating the next Lao Tzu or Confucius or Mao ZeDong (of course).”

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