Post on “China Model” text by CMP director deleted from Weibo

The following post by China Media Project director Qian Gang (钱钢) about The China Model, a text introduced in Hong Kong recently as part of a proposed “national education” curriculum, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 10 p.m. yesterday, September 9, 2012. Qian Gang currently has more than 1.2 million followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

The blasting fuse that touched off a mighty ruckus over education in Hong Kong was this teaching text. The preparation was entrusted to the National Education Center, which is subsidized by the SAR government (reports have said it received one million in funding), and the center then outsourced its production to Hong Kong Baptist University, which in turn outsourced it again — please note, this time it was outsourced to Beijing Normal University. This is really surprising! This sort of controversial content wouldn’t even make it into teaching materials in mainland primary and secondary schools. The “China Model” camp is allied with old leftists in Hong Kong, and they are a danger to Hong Kong that people should really be alert to.

The post, which received more than 4,000 re-posts and 1,140 comments before being deleted, is accompanied by an image of the cover of The China Model.

Qian Gang’s original Chinese-language post follows:

在香港引起国民教育轩然大波的导火线,是这本教材。特区政府资助的国民教育服务中心承接编写(报道说花费百万),外判给浸会大学,然后再次外判——请注意,这次是外判了北师大。实在令人吃惊,这种争议性内容,在内地中小学都不会成为教材。“中国模式”派和香港老左联手,他们对香港的祸害值得警惕。

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