Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fox News/Confucius Classroom in the US 福克斯新闻台采访陈凯

Fox News/Confucius Classroom in the US


陈凯一语: Kai Chen's Words:

陈凯博客: www.kaichenblog.blogspot.com

Here I want to correct the facts reported inaccurately by the Fox News: The issue of Confucius Classroom in Hacienda Heights has never been resolved. We will continue to fight the Chinese communist regime's infiltration into our schools. The material the reporter (Anita Vogel) reviewed is not with expert eyes. For example, the Monkey King story has a Buddhist background that may have violated the US law not to have religious education on kids in public schools. --- Kai Chen

我在这里想更正一下福克斯新闻台的报道: 1. 并不像记者所说,哈岗孔子课堂的争议与问题并没有解决。 我们(我与学区的抗议者们)会一直将这一至关重要的博争进行下去。 2. 采访记者(Anita Vogel)对中共提供的教材没有内行人的鉴别。 如“西游记”中的故事可能由于其宗教来源(佛教)违反美国法律。 --- 陈凯


Fox News Link on Confucius Classroom:

1. http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/18/confucius-classrooms-in-the-u-s/?test=latestnews

2. http://www.thefoxnation.com/texas-textbook-wars/2010/05/24/ca-lets-communist-china-supply-school-curriculum

3. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4223162/confucius-in-the-classroom-controversy/?playlist_id=87937

Confucius Classrooms in the U.S.

May 18, 2010 - 12:45 PM | by: Anita Vogel

They're called Confucius Classrooms, named after an ancient Chinese philosopher, and they are becoming more and more popular throughout the United States. They are classes paid for, in part, by China and designed to teach U.S. school kids Chinese language and culture. Proponents say it's one extra tool students can use to be competitive in the global environment, but critics say it's nothing more than a subtle attempt by the Chinese government to spread pro-China propaganda.

Confucius classrooms have been around for the past few years and there are currently 60 of them from New York to Oregon. Each is administered through a network of organizations and universities that have deals with the Hanban, China's official language teaching agency. Chinese officials insist the programs have nothing to do with communism and the curriculum was created to help clear up misunderstandings about China. Some parents are not so sure.

In Hacienda Heights, California, just east of Los Angeles, the notion of a Confucius Classroom was highly controversial and caused an uproar in the community. Many parents and longtime community members spoke out against the program suggesting that their kids would be exposed to a communist agenda. However, in the end some issues were resolved and the school board voted to put the classes in place to begin this fall.

At Riverview Elementary, in Lakeside, California, just outside of San Diego, third graders are learning Mandarin at a rapid pace. The principal there, Olympia Kyriakidis, insists this is a major asset for her students. She says in addition to Spanish and multi-media classes, her kids are going to be at the top of their game and ready to compete in the global market. As for concerns that there might be some hidden message being taught in the classes, Kyriakidis says she and her staff personally review all the materials by hand and have yet to find anything off color. She says it's all about language and culture, no politics.

The principal also points to a large American flag hanging in the corner of the room, and says no matter what it's America First.... each class starts with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States.

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