Wednesday, April 10, 2013

National (Political) Education (Brainwashing)

Lam Woon-Kwong is one of the few in the political establishment who has a reputation of being relatively fair and honest. 

At a symposium on education yesterday, which I happened to have attended, he reinforced that impression.  His message was that education in China has always had a political purpose. For more than 2,000 years, education in China have not encouraged freedom of thought. Chinese governments have always used it to promote a way of thinking to facilitate their rule.  Hence the failure of the Hong Kong government to push through its plan to make blatantly-biased National Education a separate, compulsory subject was considered a serious political setback for the Mainland government. 

This idea is not something completely new.  Nevertheless, it is a breath of fresh air to hear it admitted as such by someone in the establishment.  I hope he continues to speak openly and fairly.

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