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CHINA: Party seeks to improve political education

TRIVIUM CHINA

On Wednesday, the general offices of the Central Committee and State Council jointly released new guidelines to improve the teaching of political theory and ideology.

Some context: All Chinese students must take classes in political theory and ideology from elementary school.

More context: In our experience, most students hate these courses, and tend to view them as a chore to be endured.

Xi Jinping wants to change that. He has been actively seeking to increase and improve political education since 2016.

For Xi, this is a matter of fundamental importance, as reflected in the new guidelines (Gov.cn):

“Education is of fundamental importance for the country, and fundamental importance for the Party.”To that end, the new guidelines will:Improve political theory teaching materialsEnsure an adequate number of staff to teach political theory at universitiesMake sure that teachers of political theory are trained and competent

Get smart: The education system is a powerful tool for shaping the national psyche. For instance, the patriotic education campaign begun in the early 1990s has done much to create a generation of ardent nationalists.

Our thought: Promoting nationalism is easy. But getting kids into political ideology is a much tougher lift.
 

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Gov.cn: 中共中央办公厅 国务院办公厅印发《关于深化新时代学校思想政治理论课改革创新的若干意见》

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