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The team lead of Joe Biden’s education transition team is known to be an avid supporter of the school system developed by the Chinese Communist Party.
The team is spearheaded by Learning Policy Institute founder Linda Darling-Hammond, who is also the president of the California state education board.
China and US Educational Relations Under Obama
Darling-Hammond also served as the head of the education transition team of Obama. The US and China relations during Barack Obama’s time were strong.
In February 2012, Joe Biden visited the International Studies Learning Center (ISLC) with then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. This school in Los Angeles is a member of the Asia Society, a nonprofit organization that is centered on global learning.
The two vice presidents observed how the students used technology, spoke in different languages such as Spanish and Chinese, and collaborated on projects that tackle global issues. This is just one of the many instances that prove how China got involved in the US education system.
Obama even sent gifts to the former Chinese president Hu Jintao. The gifts were in the form of letters from Asia Society students that are written in Chinese.
Darling-Hammond’s Pro-Communist Education Beliefs
Darling-Hammond is a co-author of the book Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World. In this book, the Chinese Communist Party’s education system was praised for its “magical work” for involving teachers and the government in students’ lives.
The book emphasized the heavy involvement of teachers in students’ lives. It reads, “Teachers in China are revered as elders, role models, and those whom parents entrust to shape the future of their children.”
“In the Tao traditions of ritual, the phrase ‘heaven-earth-sovereign-parent-teacher’ is repeated and becomes ingrained in how people see themselves holistically governed and supported.”
In May 2018, Darling-Hammond tweeted, “China’s population of 1.38 billion is more than 4x the population of the US. Yet the 213 school shootings in the US since 2000 is 71 times the 3 such shootings in China.”
China's population of 1.38 billion is more than 4x the population of the US. Yet the 213 school shootings in the US since 2000 is 71 times the 3 such shootings in China. Any way you do the math, our children are suffering in ways that no other major country allows: https://t.co/wyN9pWhAH0— LindaDarling-Hammond (@LDH_ed) May 19, 2018
What Darling-Hammond failed to mention are the violent and frequent stabbings that are widespread in Chinese schools.
Violence Against Students in China
Stabbings in China have made it into the headlines of global news. In an April 2018 article, BBC published that “Knife attacks have made the headlines in China in recent years.” This includes “A spate of unconnected stabbings at schools between 2010 and 2012 left at least 25 dead and more than 100 injured.”
In the same month of that year, a 28-year-old man stabbed nine students to death and left 10 injured in northern China. In October 2018, a 39-year-old woman stabbed 14 kindergarteners in a school playground in southwest China.
A paper was even published way back in December 2016 entitled, “School violence in China: A multi-level analysis of student victimization in rural middle schools”, written by Jennifer Adams of Drexel University and Emily Hannum of University of Pennsylvania.
Everyone needs to know that stabbings in China are common, even among students. This problem exists existed long before so-called education experts praise China’s twisted education system.
China stabbings: Seven students killed in Shaanxi https://t.co/3WcbXxxioA— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 27, 2018
The Realities in a Communist-Controlled Education System
Darling-Hammond’s book praised China’s increased budget for education. Yet not many are aware that this money caused inequalities because of its uneven distribution. Only 40 percent of rural students take college examinations but 60 percent drop out as they reach high school.
In December 2016, it can be recalled that Xi Jinping wanted to have colleges and universities “serve the Communist Party in its management of the country” and that China should “build universities into strongholds that adhere to Party leadership”.
This can show that education is already marred with politics at a young age, as evident in Xi’s statement, “Adherence to the Party’s leadership is essential to the development of higher education in the country.”
China is a communist nation and is against the teaching of Western values at schools. There are inspectors sent to schools that monitor “improper” remarks made by teachers in the classroom.
Crackdowns and academic restrictions are enforced in China. There were student-led protests in 1989 that scream for democracy. This can be the reason why the Chinese Communist Party tightly controls the education system.
Is this the type of education and suppressed freedom the US wants for the youth?