Archive for January 10th, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How Can Chinese Academics Build a more Civilized Public Order, Beginning with Themselves?

This year’s entry exams for master graduations (or National Entrance Test of English for MA/MS Candidates / NETEM, 硕士研究生入学考试) have started on Saturday, reports Beijing Youthnet (北京青年网), with politics as the subject in the morning, and foreign languages in the afternoon. Politics as a subject had undergone substantial revisions, writes Youthnet, as A Modern Outline of Chinese Modern History (中国近现代史纲要) and Ideological and Moral Cultivation and the Basics of Law and Legal Basics (思想道德修养与法律基础), with a maximum score of 14 and 18 points respectively. Careless whistling (胡乱鸣笛) and reckless driving, especially recklessly switching lanes and squeezing ones car into a neighboring lane’s traffic flow (开车加塞, kai che jia se, also known as 违法变道 or weifa biandao,) and uncivilized car driving manners in general and their causes are reportedly hot topics among the moral exam issues:

1. Why is civilized driving “both an ethical call, and a legal requirement”?
(为什么文明出行“既是道德呼唤,也是法律要求”)

2. How shall we build a civilized public order, beginning with ourselves?
(我们应如何从自身做起,构建文明的公共生活秩序?)

These exams demand more spontaneous reactions from participants than in the past, according to the article.

Ideological and Moral Cultivation and the Basics of Law and Legal Basics is

a compulsory course of political and ideological education. Under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, and the Important Thought of “Three Represents”, integrated with knowledge in different fields, and based on the law of young people’s growth, the ultimate objective and task of this course is to educate and guide the students to adjust themselves to college life, strengthen self-cultivation, adhere to a correct political direction, build up a healthy and optimistic view of life, foster moral and ethical qualities, and become an eligible college graduate so as to lay a theoretical and psychological foundation for their future development. […] The textbook used is Ideological and Moral Cultivation (revised edition) published by Higher Education Press in 2007,

writes the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine’s Humanities and Social Science’s College (广州中医药大学-人文社科学院).

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Related:
Propaganda will set you Free, August 9, 2009

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