This fall, a new independent school will open in Richmond, British Columbia.Chaoyin International School (CIS) welcomes the first batch of K as construction is nearing completion– –Seven students in September.
CIS is classified as a “Group 4” independent school in British Columbia and is not funded by the government. According to the state government website, “Group 4 schools primarily serve Canadian or international students outside British Columbia.” With $ 15,000 to $ 23,000 per year in tuition, the CIS has a clear focus on foreign high-income families who want to benefit their children with a BC-certified education.
CIS plans to offer a rigorous Mandarin program to all students as one of its key features. “Children learn in both English and Mandarin every day,” said the website. Obviously, CIS expects the majority of students to come from China.
At first glance, there seems to be nothing overly unpleasant about this school. After all, BC is well known in international schools, which simply add another school to the list of options. Since Mandarin is a widely spoken language, it also makes sense to give students the opportunity to learn Mandarin.
In addition, the CIS is completely private and does not receive taxpayer support. Given these facts, what is the issue of the British Columbia Government accrediting this school?
The problem is that the school is actually owned by the Chaoyin Education Group, which is based in China and operates eight private schools in China. One thing we have clearly seen in the last few years is that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which controls all aspects of China’s life, including education, has terrible human rights records. Similarly, the party is not a Canadian friend.
One of the worst of CCP’s numerous human rights abuses against many groups is the ongoing persecution of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The communist regime separates Uighur children from their families, resettles Uighurs against their will in “re-education camps,” sterilizes Uighur women, and forces abortion among other abuses. To do. As a result, Canadian parliamentarians recently voted to recognize Beijing’s campaign against Uighurs as a genocide.
Canada is directly experiencing China’s evil regime. It’s been more than two years since Beijing imprisoned two innocent Canadians, Michael Superber and Michael Kovrig, on suspicion of fake espionage. Despite international widespread criticism of the treatment of these two men, there is no sign that the Chinese Communist Party intends to bring them back to Canada soon.
Going back further, there is the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989, the ongoing threat to Taiwan, and China’s terrible “one-child” policy of abortion without the consent of women. All of these are part of the CCP’s terrifying legacy of violating human rights. It is legitimate to ask if the CIS allows free and open discussions in British Columbia schools about these atrocities.
Unfortunately, in a recent interview with Richmond News, the CIS officer avoided asking questions about how to deal with CCP atrocities such as the Tiananmen Square incident. He said teachers need to “step on” these topics.
Think about this for a moment. Teachers in Canadian schools are ordered to “step on” when dealing with basic human rights issues. This faces everything we Canadians believe in freedom, democracy and human rights. These are not topics that Canadians can “step on” and we shouldn’t. They are essential for well-educated students and a well-functioning education system.
Unlike Chinese schools, Canadian schools do not receive march orders from the dictatorship. Teachers need to be free to introduce controversial topics, expose students to different opinions, and challenge themselves to think for themselves. This cannot happen if the teacher needs to “step on” when working on basic rights and freedom.
To make matters worse, in the same interview, the CIS director explained that discussing such “delicate” topics could cause parents to “pull their children out of school” and directed him. Justified. In other words, the school is ready to limit academic freedom in the name of maintaining its enrollment. This is not the way any school in Canada should run.
For these reasons, BC needs to overturn the decision to approve this Chinese-owned school. The last thing we need in our country is a school under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.
Michael Zwaagstra is a public high school teacher, senior researcher at the Frontier Public Policy Center, and Sages on stage: common sense thoughts on education and learning..
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