I’m still waiting for the Hitler quote. Or is there a minimum number of people that a dictator has to murder before he gets placement on a part of the Department of Education website devoted to kids.
This isn’t a generic quote about education being a good thing. It’s actually a quote about the need for Communist indoctrination among Communist Party members.
The full quote that the Department of Education cut down comes at the end of an essay on “The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War”
“Whoever refuses to study these problems seriously and carefully is no Marxist. Complacency is the enemy of study. We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency. Our attitude towards ourselves should be “to be insatiable in learning” and towards others “to be tireless in teaching”.
The context for this conclusion comes earlier on.
“It is not just a matter of understanding the general laws derived by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin from their extensive study of real life and revolutionary experience, but of studying their standpoint and method in examining and solving problems.”
Our Party’s mastery of Marxism-Leninism is now rather better than it used to be, but is still far from being extensive or deep… For us therefore, the spreading and deepening of the study of Marxism-Leninism presents a big problem demanding an early solution that is possible only through concerted effort.
We’re not talking about generic knowledge here, but Communist indoctrination. Though undoubtedly whoever put up the quote already knew that.
What’s worse is that the cut-down Mao quote that the Department of Education used was actually partly plagiarized by Mao from Confucius. If the Department of Education had really wanted to convey that message, they could have used the original Confucius quote. Instead they chose to promote a Communist mass murderer of millions.
But it’s nice to see that under Obama Inc, American kids are also being expected to study Mao’s Little Red Book.