HONG KONG BEIJING
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443779404577641371073452032.html -“Friction Fuels Big Turnout” by Te-Ping Chen
The Wall Street Journal (by Te-Ping Chen) reports that tens of thousands of citizens protested Friday night after a week of hunger strikes and demonstrations at Hong Kong’s government offices. Why?
Because Beijing –not Hong Kong, mind you, but Beijing, communist China– was planning to change the local curriculum in schools. Sound familiar at all? Big, (and distant) government usurps local authority to take control over students’ educational standards? Hmmmm.
The article goes on to explain that “public discontent with issues like school curriculum” was one reason for the protests. The government plan would require schools to add ‘moral and national’ education to curricula. (Whose version of morality? Whose version of patriotism? Communist China’s, of course.)
One 63-year-old retired English teacher had fasted for more than 170 hours to defy the administration’s plans to teach what has been dubbed “patriotism” (toward Beijing) in Hong Kong schools..
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Meanwhile, The New American Magazine also reports on the Chinese curriculum push to Hong Kong: http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/12785-hong-kong-votes-amid-protests-against-beijings-communist-%E2%80%9Cbrainwashing%E2%80%9D
“…Despite the apparent retreat on the brainwashing scheme, many analysts and activists are still not convinced that the education battle is over. “We are also worried about whether the education bureau will funnel lots of funding to encourage the schools to teach the curriculum,” activist Yip Po Lam with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese was quoted as saying.
The Civil Alliance Against National Education, which strongly opposed the brainwashing scheme, welcomed the decision to drop the mandatory curriculum as well. However, a spokesperson for the organization still expressed numerous concerns about it even after officially becoming “optional.”
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This sounds too familiar. U.S. Department of Education, like the Chinese communist “Education Bureau” is funneling lots of funding to encourage schools to teach “the curriculum.”
In fact, the U.S. Dept. of Education has even begun to offer money directly to school districts in its desperation to have everyone implement the Common Core.
(Several Utah School Districts have already applied, allowing the federal government to bypass state legislatures and the state school board.)
–And, like the U.S. Dept. of Education, the communist Chinese are smilingly calling the new curriculum “optional.” But of course.
Wake up, wake up, wake up.