Headline: Hanban-Asian Society Confucius Classroom Network Gives West Hartford $11,500
It's happening here in my town - maybe even yours.
Connecticut towns like West Hartford, Simsbury, Glastonbury and dozens of other public and private schools around the country are applying for grant money from "Hanban" over a three-year period to support their Chinese language programs.
West Hartford currently has about 230 students taking Mandarin Chinese and employs about 2 full time instructors. We've even sent some kids to Communist China to visit a school in Shandong Province for part of a day. West Hartford's school district wants to grow its Chinese program within 5 years to include the middle schools, and expects that it will seek more grant money from the Communist Chinese government over the next two years to accomplish that. It's no surprise that this is evolving after the former Commissioner of Education, Betty Sternberg, went on a trip to Communist China (Shadong Province) in 2005 to "observe and take notes to add to our states best practices". That seems to be when the push for Chinese involvement with our schools started. West Hartford schools began offering Mandarin Chinese in 2006.
First, our schools offer Mandarin Chinese to their students.
That wouldn't normally be an issue... but now the Communist Chinese government is kicking in grants for cash-strapped school districts to keep programs going... and what that means is that these school districts are also accepting the strings that come attached from the Communist Chinese government.
Here is what they want in return:
Responsibilities of a Confucius Classrooms ProgramYes, you can bet that these school districts will be very accountable for the grant money and how it is spent. The Communist Chinese government is going to want to make sure that the integration process is being done to their specification. Anyone contemplating that this is merely about language instruction is naive at best. It's about cultural immersion - and it will come with accountability, and it will grow and ask for more stuff. It will come with exchange of students AND instructors, and it will come with specific curriculum.
• Commitment to continuous improvement of the program and willingness to participate in national activities of the Confucius Classrooms Network
• Willingness to participate in the development and promotion of best practices in the field
• Willingness to provide examples of student work, model lessons, and curricula that may be useful resources for others in the field
• Submission of a brief annual report to Asia Society that details (1) program size and growth; (2) professional development offered; (3) outreach to other schools in the region and community activities; (4) plans for the next year; and (5) actual budget and use of funds
By accepting the money, town schools also become part of the relatively new Confucius Classroom Network, which is associated with the Chinese government.Schools will be expected to continue to offer Mandarin Chinese and to expand it over the long term. In West Hartford, an $11,500 seed grant from the Hanban-Asian Society Confucius Classroom Network will pay for some professional development and classroom materials.
They also need to establish formal connections with sister schools in China.
Simsbury, for example, announced in February that it would receive at least $100,000 over the next three years from the Hanban-Asian Society as one of 20 "pioneer" programs in the United States. That money will allow more students to take part in an ongoing exchange program with Simsbury's partner school in Jinan, China, as well as fund a part-time Chinese language instructor at the middle and high school level, administrators have said.
Hanban is affiliated with China's Ministry of Education; the Asia Society is a New York-based group that promotes ties between Asian countries and the U.S. Organizers say their intent is to expand Chinese language programs here and build models for other American schools.
The goal is overall Communist Chinese integration.
Linguistically, culturally, and more.
It's not just about language education.
They have started in our public schools.
Our schools teach Italian and Greek too - but you don't see the Italians or the Greeks giving us grants to do so, or requiring that we set up "sister schools".
Perhaps they would if they weren't "broke".
It's well known how in debt we are to the Chinese.
They pretty much own us.
I suppose we all better start learning Chinese.
One Colebrook principal's account.
2006 CT Tech High School news.
From COTG archives: They can't speak English and You are going to teach them Chinese?.