Education: School & Steel

From 5,000 "Active Young Builders of Socialism" meeting last week in Peking, the Central Committee of Red China's Communist Party got a love note: "Our generation of youth will always rally closely around the party and go wherever the party tells us ... We will never disappoint the party in its earnest hopes and will strive to accelerate the building of socialism and to realize mankind's noblest ideal—Communism—in our generation and by our own hands." To millions of hand-blistered Chinese students, the last phrase must ring with ironic accuracy. For much of the impetus in China's "Year of the Leap" (TIME,...

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