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October 20, 2005

Is Confucius past?

This morning, I read an article in Chinese newspaper, that is "Confucius in classroom come back, critics call the sage irrelevant".
The first sentence of the article is striking, it is:

IS confucius as valuable to students as computer science?

Standpoint 1. The sage is enjoying new popularity that sees virtues in his call for social stability. More than 10 local(shanghai) schools have offered basic Confucian reading courses and teachers say ancient principles can be applied in their daily lives.

Standpoint 2. Now the complaints from parents and some educators are that Confucious is irrelevant, tiresome, too complicated and deflects students from practical studies. Some one said reading such difficult ancient works won't help young children understanding the world.

I have a question that British students don't know confucious, so they don't read confucian books. they don't lost anything. However, whether that means they don't read British ancient literature?

I support one should know a little about the culture born from oneself's country. It is not equal to the computer skills.
And you?

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