Public Schools Enlist Child Soldiers in America’s Cultural Revolution, by Simon Black

Wouldn’t you find it disconcerting if your child turned you in to the authorities for committing a thought crime? From Simon Black at

Zhang Hongbing was 14 years old when the Cultural Revolution began to sweep China in 1966.

But even though the Chinese Communist Party had already been in power for nearly two decades by that point, Chairman Mao still believed that there was too much capitalist influence in China.

So he decided to completely rewrite literature, history, and the entire education system.

School instruction switched from teaching math and science, to activism.

Students were encouraged to find and punish “revisionists” who sought to undermine the revolution’s progress, including their own parents and teachers.

When Zhang’s father was denounced as a “capitalist roader” (which was an extremely derogatory term at the time), Zhang participated in the dozens of “struggle sessions” where his father was humiliated and beaten.

Then, two years later, Zhang thought he heard his mother commit a micro-transgression by tacitly criticizing Chairman Mao.

When he confronted his mother, the argument escalated to the point where she tore Mao’s picture off the wall, and burned it.

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One response to “Public Schools Enlist Child Soldiers in America’s Cultural Revolution, by Simon Black

  1. Bullets work on them too. Just saying.


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