Elder Patriot – Do you sometimes wonder why your college-age children sound more like members of the communist party than the product of a free and open society? It may be because of former-President Barack Obama’s educational priorities.
There’s little coincidence that America’s first Marxist president allowed the growth of “Confucius Institutes” on close to two hundred college campuses nationwide. And, naturally left-leaning administrators gladly accepted payment from China’s Communist regime as payment for welcoming them.
In 2010, Chinese minister of propaganda Liu Yunshan penned a People’s Daily column in which he wrote:
“With regard to key issues that influence our sovereignty and safety, we should actively carry out international propaganda battles against issuers such as Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, human rights and Falun Gong. … We should do well in establishing and operating overseas cultural centers and Confucius Institutes.”
The following year in a 2011 speech, Li Changchun, a standing member of the Chinese Politburo pitched the reasons for their overseas spending:
“The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad. It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.”
Curriculum at the institutes are designed and overseen by Hanban, the Chinese Ministry of Education. Hanban demands strict adherence to the curricula. The institutes are just one part of the Communist government’s international propaganda initiative that is currently costing the Chinese government $10 billion annually.
Hanban also operates hundreds of Confucius classes in primary and secondary schools across America.
Student’s academic freedoms to discuss issues such as Tibet or Taiwan, human rights, or even pollution in Mainland China are met with dismissal by the instructors who all supplied by the Chinese government and who are taught to steer the inquiries in a different direction.
According to Politico:
“Marshall Sahlins, a retired University of Chicago anthropologist and author of the 2014 pamphlet Confucius Institutes: Academic Malware, reports that each Confucius Institute comes with “$100,000 … in start up costs provided by Hanban, with annual payments of the like over a five-year period, and instruction subsidized as well, including the air fares and salaries of the teachers provided from China. … Hanban also agrees to send textbooks, videos, and other classroom materials for these courses—materials that are often welcome in institutions without an important China studies program of their own.” And each Confucius Institute typically partners with a Chinese university.”
University administrators attempt to justify their decisions to welcome the indoctrination centers onto their campuses with the usual doublespeak with which the left justifies everything.
They claim that the Confucius Institutes have little difference with European cultural institutes like the British Council, Goethe Institute and Alliance Française.
Left unsaid by the administrators is that those institutes are not represented on their campuses, probably because they do not teach communist propaganda.
To put this in perspective, these university administrators chose to sell out to the Chinese communists for less than $1 million over a five-year period. When the major donor coordinator from my alma mater approached me I offered to endow a permanent seat for a conservative professor. I was told that would require a $2 million donation. Rutgers already had a Confucius Institute on campus for which they received a lot less outside funding. I only wanted enough office space for a single professor.
That our nation’s universities and, primary and secondary schools have become havens of Marxist thought and indoctrination has been known for some time. Now we have evidence they are welcoming our enemies with open arms.