Position of the Chinese Embassy on The Globe and Mail's distorted Report about Chinese textbooks

On May 3, The Globe and Mail's resident journalist in Beijing Nathan VanderKlippe published a report entitled "Chinese textbooks, reinvention of Thomas Edison raises education concerns". The report said the story appeared in Chinese primary school textbooks that Thomas Edison, as a boy of seven, came up with an invention that helped the surgeon to save his mother, is based on a US movie Young Tom Edison produced in 1940s. It has been proved to be a fiction story, but China keeps on using this fake story in its textbooks. The report said that Chinese textbooks are packed with fabricated contents and the purpose is to strengthen the ideological education of youths and serve Chinese political intent. Refering to the above mentioned distorted interpretation and false report, the Chinese Embassy in Canada has recently written to The Globe and Mail to make its position clear.

The purpose of putting Edison's story into the textbooks of Chinese elementary schools is to cultivate children's interest in science and inspire them to be virtuous persons, by telling a touching story of a smart boy who helped to save his mother. But it was distorted by this report which accused by innuendo the Chinese education system and the so called "political intent" of Chinese government.

Even if Edison's story was fabricated, it was not fabricated by the Chinese, but by the Western people themselves. If a resident journalist distortedly views and reports China only from the dark side, how can Canadian readers have an objective view on China? We are so confused by this question.

However, there is one positive lesson we could draw from this report, that is China indeed should not have a blind faith in the West, and should not copy and imitate the West in every way.