UPDATE 2.5.21: As communists have known for a long time, the way to controlling a nation is via its children. China is now forcing Hong Kong’s schools to accept a new school curriculum that will emphasize from the age of six the avoidance of “subversion.” Their parents still remember the freedom of British rule, but these kids will grow up knowing only mainland Chinese Communist domination. The FT reports:
Hong Kong’s new national security education curriculum will force teachers to warn primary students as young as six years old against “subversion” and to throw out library books considered dangerous to the Chinese state.
Hong Kong’s education bureau released the guidelines on Thursday, which will also impact expat students at international schools. The department said that while they accepted these schools’ curricula was different, teachers would be expected to ensure students “acquire a correct and objective understanding” of principles in line with Beijing’s tough national security law introduced last year.
Authorities have come under pressure to make changes to the education system after pro-Beijing politicians and state media blamed teachers and the curriculum for the months-long anti-government protests in 2019, in which thousands of students took part.
The education overhaul shows that China’s crackdown on the former British colony has reached beyond jailing opposition leaders to reforming Hong Kong society to bring it more in line with the mainland.
The security law was a response to the pro-democracy protests, one of the biggest challenges to central authorities on Chinese soil in decades. Beijing’s supporters say that promoting patriotism in students will prevent future unrest.
Originally posted on November 18, 2019.
You’ve seen pictures of the mess going on in Hong Kong. Protesters are using bows and arrows and baseball bats to fight the authorities. Next time you see an NBA player you might remind them that the Second Amendment was not written to protect your right to hunt.
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