A Canadian couple decided to pull their daughter out of a Confucius Institute in a school in their neighborhood.
The Fredericton, New Brunswick family decided to take their child out of this program because they believe it was used to brainwash their daughter.
Bronwyn Bonney and Parker Coates told the CBC they were surprised last year that they weren’t informed their daughter was enrolled in this program.
The Chinese government funds this program and uses teachers from China. Although it claims to provide a neutral discussion about China, many people believe Confucius Institutes serve as propaganda outlets for China and seek to spread its influence through soft power.
This Canadian couple is the first to voice their concerns publicly about Confucius Institutes.
The Confucius Institute teaches Chinese language and culture in New Brunswick schools but doesn’t allow anyone to ask questions about the country’s authoritarian government and human rights abuses.
“This program is inherently propaganda,” Bonney declared during an interview. “It’s propaganda in that it’s an effort to brainwash and influence people’s ideas of a certain place.
“The reasons why these partnerships exist is because China wants to enhance its soft power globally. That means teaching students a one-sided story about their country: how do we raise awareness of China being an exclusively wonderful place.”
Bonney and Coates were able to obtain copies of contracts between the province and the institute that demonstrate how much more difficult it has become for New Brunswick to end its partnership with the Confucius Institute.
The original 2007 contract allowed either party to cancel the agreement with six months’ notice.
However, the 2017 renewal agreement removed this clause after China requested a change in this agreement.
Since 2007, the Confucius Institute has been in New Brunswick and is present in 40 schools as of 2018. The Chinese government controls the course content.
The institute offers courses in Chinese language and culture which includes calligraphy, food and dance. However, Coates contends that this is propaganda by omission, because there is no mention of China’s authoritarianism.
“We’re talking about a nation that right now has hundreds of thousands of people in internment camps for having the wrong kind of Chinese culture,” Coates stated.
“Chinese citizens who are Muslim or Falun Gong are being incarcerated, and we’re welcoming this in to teach our children about Chinese culture. That just seems totally out of whack.”
Back in February, Education Minister Dominic Cardy announced that he wanted the institute to leave provincial schools by June.
However, Premier Blaine Higgs stated the government must fulfill its end of the contract, which doesn’t expire until 2022.
Bonney and Coates took their daughter out of the 30 minute sessions that take place once a week for the 2018-19 school year.
They stressed how much they enjoy Connaught Street School. They view it as “a warm and welcoming place” with great teachers on staff.
However, their concerns with the institute’s mission made them file right-to-information requests regarding its dealings with the province.
The documents unveiled the following:
- The original 2007 contract allowed the province or the institute to terminate the deal with six months’ notice, freeing them from “any further obligations,” but the 2017 version, which runs to 2022, prevents either side from pulling out “ahead of time.”
- The contract says if one side backs out, it must compensate the other side for “all the investment made under this Agreement, the legal expense and the indemnity for defamation.”
- A 2018 proposed syllabus for all 40 institute schools in the province suggests mixing China-approved social studies content with the existing New Brunswick curriculum, saying the institute’s material could be “introduced into local social subject, combined and match[ed] with local teachers’ lesson planning to complement each other.”
- The institute offers school and district officials 10-day trips to China every summer “to begin or strengthen their school’s Chinese programs and partnerships.” Participants pay for flights, but all expenses in China are covered by the institute.
Various universities in Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Germany have either broken their ties with Confucius Institutes in the last five years or did not renew their contracts because of concerns of China using these institutes to project its influence internationally.
The U.S. and other Western countries would be wise to discontinue relationships with these organizations.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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