A Hefei middle school has attracted controversy after it ordered students to read a translation of a speech given by US president Barack Obama in 2009, SCMP reports.
Over 3,000 students at the Anhui Hefei Shouchun Middle School were given a translated copy of Obama’s remarks given at a back-to-school event in Virginia in 2009.
The choice to study Obama’s speech was reportedly made by deputy principal Sun Yeqing, who told Anhui media that the US president’s speech was “concrete, vivid and lacked empty words, which is very easy for students to digest.”
“While having students read over Obama’s speech, it’s better to also introduce classic Chinese Analects readings, because those also inspire students on the purpose of education,” Anhui University professor Wang Tiangen told reporters, because God forbid students read something that’s less than two thousand years old.
Obama’s speech is pretty harmless, full of not-really-jokes-jokes and reminisces about the president’s own school days. [Ed. note: seriously, I just read through the whole speech in search of anything remotely controversial and came up empty handed, it most be the single least interesting speech Obama’s ever given.]
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