Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom


Reader Mark Siefert points us to this AP gem about mandatory "patriotism" classes in Hong Kong. Is there any way more sure to create a disaffected, Mao-hating generation?

Student Jim Tse is dismissive of Pui Kiu's compulsory "Modern China" classes, including lessons on "Mao Zedong Thought."

"They taught us stuff from decades ago. It's useless," said Tse, 18.

Joe Fong, 14, calls the flag ceremonies "a waste of time" and admits he "slept through most of the classes" on civics.

Look for Jim Tse and Joe Fong to leading the resistance in another decade.

Whole thing here.