China admits political education for students is poor


China is doing a poor job at political education for university students because the classes are outdated and unfashionable, the education minister said on Sunday in a rare admission of the difficulties faced enforcing a key government policy.

Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” at universities, and the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog last year sent inspectors to monitor teachers for “improper” remarks in class.

In December, President Xi Jinping called for allegiance to the party from colleges and universities, the latest effort by China to tighten its hold on education.

Speaking on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament, Education Minister Chen Baosheng said Xi had made “important comments” on political education for students in December, but that there were problems on the ground.

“When we go and investigate at colleges and universities, attention levels at thought and political theory classes are not high. People are there in body but not in spirit,” Chen said.

“Why is this? The contents do not suit their needs. Perhaps mainly the formula is rather outdated, the tools are rather crude and the packaging is not that fashionable,” he added.

Students need to be led by the core values of Chinese socialism to ensure their healthy moral growth, and they should also study traditional Chinese culture, revolutionary culture and “advanced socialist culture”, Chen said.

That is the best way to get students ready to shoulder their responsibilities to society, he added.

Crackdowns on what academics and students can say and should think are nothing new in China.

Curriculums and speech at universities, in particular, are tightly controlled by the government, fearful of a repeat of the pro-democracy protests in 1989 that were led by students.

In 2013, a liberal Chinese economist who had been an outspoken critic of the party was expelled from the elite Peking University.

A year later, the university, once a bastion of free speech in China, established a 24-hour system to monitor public opinion on the internet and take early measures to control and reduce negative speech, according to a party journal at the time.

China aims to build world-class universities and some of its top schools fair well in international rankings by various standards. However, critics argue constraints on academic freedom could inhibit those ambitions.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Source: Reuters “China admits political education for students is poor”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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One Comment on “China admits political education for students is poor”

  1. Fugu says:

    TRANSFORMATION OF THE CHINESE : GENERATIONAL TASK AHEAD TO EVOLVE TO HIGHER PLANE OF KNOWLEDGE, TRUTH AND WISDOM

    “Political education”?

    Half the problem is you do not use the right word to describe what you want to achieve because you don’t know what is the problem! And you vocabulary, concepts, and the technical terminology you need to figure out the problem are missing because you don’t know and because you lack the intellect.

    And why that is so is because your institutional lecturers lack the similar intellectual capability because your language lack the necessary words and concepts to describe accurately many concepts in English. And because many lecturers and adults CANNOT relate the words – if they know it – to the actual situation right before their eyes. They are UNABLE to recognize when it is in front of them.

    And why that is so? It is because Chinese children and youth are usually DUMBIFIED by their parents and adults in society by hurtful words, sarcastic words, stupid wrong shallow reasoning words, spirit destroying words, confidence destroying words, and creativity and originality destroying words. THIS is the dumb “EDUCATION” Chinese children receives from their parents and adults in general from the day of birth. Dumb begets dumb.

    Not to mention neglectful and negligent parents in terms of ignorance failing to provide the rich fertile environment necessary to stimulate the intellectual capacity of the children from young – books, encylopaedias, audio-visuals, good documentaries, exposure, experiences, explanations, communication. In short, knowledge, truths, perspectives, and wisdom.

    And for adults, and even growing children, a broad, deep, intelligent, knowledgeable open discussions in mainstream medias led by intelligent public and government intellectuals.

    THAT is how you educate and bring the Chinese people to a higher level of knowledge, wisdom and truths.

    BUT it’s a damn long haul because so much problems exist in the Chinese society at all levels.

    Which is why I advocated vocally on the internet some time ago that the first and fastest “short cut” to achieve at least a minimal human evolution and development for Chinese people, is to ensure psychology courses or psychological knowledge – understanding why people behave the way they behave and therefore how to avoid the wrong thinking and behaviour – is available and widespread amongst the Chinese people. People working the mass medias MUST be people knowledgeable in these such that they when they write, speak, create, or broadcast or screen, they educate; They demonstrate themselves as thought leaders and society, at the cutting edge preferable if I must dare to dream. Why do you think books, movies, entertainment, documentaries, news, and media discussions from South Korea and Japan and certain other Western countries are so much more popular and crowd attracting in China compared with homegrown ones? You can’t have brainless mercantilist “yellow cultured” businessmen running or leading these vital intellectual industries!

    Beijing and China MUST find these 5 – 10 percent of the population to lead it in its continuous socio-psychological-educational development of its people in the mass medias domain. The lack of these critical people explains why the TV broadcast medias, written medias, and cinematic medias are so woefully shallow, explaining why it indulges in brainless contents just to fill up the pages, time slots and screens.

    China is caught in a vicious dumbifying cycle which explains the lack of originality, creativity and broad and deep thinking. All of their own making. Which is why we have, n one instance, stupid moron and pretenders in high places looking down on their own Chinese people as inferior but worshipping foreigners instead, especially white skinned foreigners, instead of EDUCATING our people to minimise the problem over the long term.

    I doubt Education Minister Chen Baosheng himself understand the problem in depth himself when he said these :

    “(President) Xi had made “important comments” on political education for students in December, but that there were problems on the ground. When we go and investigate at colleges and universities, attention levels at thought and political theory classes are not high. People are there in body but not in spirit. Why is this? The contents do not suit their needs. Perhaps mainly the formula is rather outdated, the tools are rather crude and the packaging is not that fashionable. Students need to be led by the core values of Chinese socialism to ensure their healthy moral growth, and they should also study traditional Chinese culture, revolutionary culture and “advanced socialist culture. That is the best way to get students ready to shoulder their responsibilities to society.”

    Such shallow analyses and reasoning is what I mean by adults and society dumbifying our children and other adults. They have NO handle on the causes of the problems in Chinese society.

    There is indeed much, much work to be done if the Chinese are to evolve into one possessing of knowledge, truth and wisdom. The government NEEDS to find the ten percent of the brightest, able and honest people (and well balanced) in Chinese society and place them in key and important organs, departments, agencies, and ministries in all sectors of government and industries in order for them to do the right things to elevate the society mentally, and spiritually. Not just materially – as we are doing now – such that the Chinese society and people become just empty shallow shell of a human being. This is where Chinese society is in danger of heading. And in this respect, I do agree with Education Minister Chen Baosheng when his talk touches implicitly on the massive and huge socio-psycho-educational problems facing the Chinese after it society collapsed utterly after the chaos visited upon China when the hostile and destructive Europeans (including the Japanese butchers of WW I & II) “discovered” China in the 1800s.

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