Did you instil love for the country in your kid today?

The Education Bureau’s annual inspection of schools finds teachers are…

…[failing] to promote a sense of belonging to the country or duty to safeguard its well-being.

…Only a “minority” of teachers incorporated national security education into their subjects, the bureau said and “many others focused too much on knowledge-feeding” and “rarely did they try to enhance students’ … sense of belonging towards the country from the sentimental level”.

It said schools should create an atmosphere in the classroom and outside to instil “love for the country and love for Hong Kong” among pupils.

The report allows that schools might lack appropriate teaching materials. The bureaucrats need to tell educators how, exactly, they should ‘enhance a sense of belonging from the sentimental level’.

The Standard’s story on the crowdfunding-permit idea stresses the ‘transparency angle. But if that’s a problem, why not improve regulation of all charitable fund-raising, regardless of the method of collecting donations?

A reminder that Google has experience of dealing with Hong Kong. A decade ago, Emperor Holdings tycoon Albert Yeung took legal action took legal action against the search engine, claiming its autocomplete function smeared him…

Yeung filed the lawsuit after Google refused to remove autocomplete suggestions such as “triad,” as organized crime gangs are known in China, which popped up with searches on his name.

The billionaire’s business empire includes an entertainment company that produces films and manages some of the city’s biggest celebrities. He argues that his reputation has been “gravely injured” and wants compensation.

Judge Marlene Ng disagreed with Google’s lawyers, who argued Yeung was better off asking the websites where the defamatory information was published to remove it. She said Google had the ability to censor material.

“Any risk of misinformation can spread easily as users forage in the web. The art is to find the comfortable equilibrium in between,” she said in her ruling.

Just tried foraging in the web: the offending word still jumps out at the user in third place on the autocomplete list.

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9 Responses to Did you instil love for the country in your kid today?

  1. HK Oil Adder says:

    “The report allows that schools might lack appropriate teaching materials. The bureaucrats need to tell educators how, exactly, they should ‘enhance a sense of belonging from the sentimental level’.”

    Like something to sift through bullshit?

    Hong Kongers are FULL of sentimentality and love things that were an integral part of their lives growing up such as old buses, trams, neighborhood mom & pop shops, their favorite old restaurants that no longer exist, it goes on and on. One can just hop into Instagram for a few minutes and see dozens of profiles devoted to pre takeover HK photos or comparing photos from pre 1970s buildings/landmarks to today.

    The need to manufacture a sense of “belonging on a sentimental level” to satisfy brain washing and “patriotism” (actually love for the CCP), none of which are tangible nor benefit people in any meaningful way, is just claptrap.

  2. Reactor #4 says:

    When I use my laptop, “Albert Yeung Triad” comes second on a list when I carry out a Google search for “Albert Yeung”. Wouldn’t it be funny if one day this fact found its way into his obituary notice?

  3. Mary Melville says:

    It will be interesting to see what impact the lobotomizing of the education sector will have on already plunging fertility rates.

  4. Load Toad says:

    You instil love and respect and belonging by a good example and care and kindness. None of which is exhibited by the CCP or the HKG government post NSL which is about fear, threats and restrictions.

  5. wmjp says:

    the CCP or the HKG government post NSL which is about fear, threats and restrictions.

    And sheer fucking stupidity

  6. C.Law says:

    You may have noticed that the Emperor Group jewellery shops banners and their larger advertising posters have the words “Since 1942”. 1942 – who was occupying HK at that time? Who was reduced to selling their gold and jewellery? Who was in the fortunate position of being able to buy gold and jewellery? And the Emperor Group is proud of this and happy to throw it in the face of the HK people!
    Draw your own conclusions.

  7. so says:

    Look up “Hitler Youth”

    Look up “Jesuit Youth”

  8. Red spectacled ad exec says:

    @C.Law

    “Emperor Group … since 1942. And who was occupying HK at that time?”

    My ad agency recently made a pitch to Emperor for their new advertising tagline: “Emperor since 1942: From Quisling to Capitalist to Quisling”.

  9. Chinese Netizen says:

    Does Emperor have the exclusive rights to striking those fine Quisling…uh, I mean Bauhinia medals issued to most favoured lapdogs?

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