Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Indoctrinating China

Only a Globe and Mail journalist would miss the irony of stating this in an article about how Chinese elementary schools are switching to new textbooks, mostly written by Canadian authors. (Canadian books, because China fears an American cultural invasion.)
It may be Canada's greatest cultural coup in China since the days when students were required to memorize Mao Zedong's eulogy to revolutionary surgeon Norman Bethune.

When classes begin at thousands of schools across China next month, as many as 15 million children will get a dose of Canada in their classrooms every day.

Their textbooks will indoctrinate them with subtle but distinct references to Canadian holidays, Canadian weather, Canadian cities and Canadian variations of English words.

Just as, I suppose Canadian textbooks will indoctrinate Canadian children with subtle references to political correctness, multiculturalism, multilateralism, peacekeeping with the U.N. and the glories of socialized medicine, coupled with a passive acceptance of wholesale political corruption and thievery that rivals that of the any Third World former French colony.

It's sad truth that Canada has more in common with China than the U.S. or Britain.

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