Education: China's Chains

To any young rice farmer listening last week to the town radio in rural China, the news should have sounded welcome. "Starting this month," said the announcer, "Radio Peking will feature a nightly correspondence course for workers and farmers." Students would have to pay for their own books, continued the announcer, but "with diligence, everyone who completes the course in the next three or four years will be given an opportunity to compete in college entrance examinations anywhere in China."

This was Peking's latest educational sop for its people. From such bits of evidence, as well as from official reports and those...

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