(VIDEO) Chinese School Commute: Extreme Edition

Homeroom is only two days’ of raging waters and 1,500-foot drops away.

Failure is not an option for these Chinese schoolkids, and that's just on the walk to school.
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Simply by showing up for class, young scholars from the Chinese village of Pili have proven they’re willing to go to any lengths for an education. The closest school is a two-day trek from home, a death-defying hike through the remote and rugged Xinjiang Uygur region. Students brave sheer cliff faces and single-plank bridges, and form human chains to resist being washed away in icy mountain streams.

There is a lesson in all this, something along the lines of: The journey to the exams is the toughest test these kids will ever take.

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