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“Thought Leaders” Extol China Schools

At the Center for American Progress [1]’s most recent forum on education, “What can U.S. schools learn from other countries?,” the U.S. education system was disparaged by the panelists and speakers present.  They found what they like in education in communist China:

None questioned the source of the information on China’s educational progress—the Chinese government itself, which historically has concealed much more than it has revealed. Moreover, it may not have occurred to them that the ultimate goal of Chinese educational control is obedience to the state, or did it?

Maybe they should check out the Voice of America editorial, reflecting the views of the Obama Administration, last year in which VOA [2]’s editors laid out the findings on China from the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices:

“This year’s Human Rights Report on the People’s Republic of China enumerated many human rights problems.  These included extrajudicial killings, executions without due process and enforced disappearance.  Some prisoners were held incommunicado, or illegally incarcerated at unofficial holding facilities known as ‘black jails,’ at times for prolonged periods.

“Prisoners were tortured to coerce confessions.  Lawyers, journalists, writers, dissidents, petitioners, and others who sought to peacefully exercise their rights under the law were harassed and detained, and too frequently, the legal process was marked by a lack of due process:  that is, the courts paid no heed to the defendants’ legal rights.  The legal system was politicized, and at times, resorted to closed trials and administrative detentions.

“The freedom to assemble, practice religion, and travel were restricted, and the government failed to protect refugees and asylum seekers, even as it pressured other countries to forcibly return to China refugees and asylum seekers.  Non-governmental organizations were restricted and under close scrutiny.

“There was wide-spread discrimination against women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.  China’s coercive birth-limitation policy in some cases resulted in forced abortion or forced sterilization.  Independent unions were prohibited; there was no protection for workers’ right to strike, and forced labor, including prison labor, was exploited.  Corruption remained wide-spread.”


Spencer Irvine is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia.
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