posted on Mar, 26 2013 @ 12:54 PM
Ah it reminds me of of something my second grade teacher Mrs Wu would pick to teach the class. After a lesson from Mao, we learn animals of the
Chinese zodiac. Now everybody get in line from tallest to shortest before recess...1980s USA. Before the Internet of course. A lesson in diversity.
I hated that year because the lessons were so alien to USA values, which culturally handicapped my ability to compete with other students in
subsequent years. But values back then, ketchup was a vegetable in a school lunch, so what exactly were we protecting?
I don't like people phobia of other national leaders in times past. They get censored from hearing a Chinese quote, and then the kids go to Sunday
School and read the Old Testament about Bible heroes slaying lots of people? Big names need to be heard for history's sake. Kids have to be allowed
to see other human beings for what they are, including the ugliness. It's a good lesson of discernment, and wisdom, to know that some really cruel
people say some very persuasive things.
Don't cheat students out of the truth, sheepilificating them. Mao said some motivating stuff, and he led a destructive wave of change. And this,
kids, is where Chinese people come from.
Consumer-driven education is so weird.