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EXCLUSIVE: US College Entrance Exam Board Gets Chinese Communist Party Cash to Push Propaganda


College Board, the organization which oversees college entrance exams in the United States, is helping to embed Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institutes in American high schools, granting the Chinese government the ability to dictate what is taught in classrooms, The National Pulse can reveal.

The organization, which has existed for over 120 years, has partnered with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) groups, including the notorious propaganda front known as Hanban, or Confucius Institutes, on conferences, delegations to China, and curricula decisions.

The National Pulse can today reveal that College Board, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Education, offers a “Chinese Guest Teacher Program” for K-12 institutions in partnership with the Confucius Institutes, the CCP-funded, controversial operation that purports to be a language and culture initiative. Every year, the program “serves hundreds of K–12 schools and districts nationwide and reaches tens of thousands of U.S. students.”

In reality, Confucius Institutes launder propaganda for the Chinese government, and in the words of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary,  are replete with “undisclosed ties to Chinese institutions, and conflicted loyalties.” 

Confucius Institutes have also been linked with intellectual property theft, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Despite this, College Board President David Coleman has extolled the virtues of Hanban, the colloquial Chinese abbreviation for the Confucius Institutes, with his comments amplified by Chinese state media:

“Hanban is just like the sun. It lights the path to develop Chinese teaching in the US. The College Board is the moon. I am so honored to reflect the light that we’ve gotten from Hanban.”

The Guest Teacher Program also notes that Confucius Institute teachers “assist in curriculum development,” bridging the gap between Chinese propaganda and American schools. 

Confucius Institute teachers are encouraged to use textbooks written by a part of the Chinese Communist Party called the “Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO).” 

OCAO is part of a committee identified by the U.S. government’s China Economic and Security Review Commission as seeking to “mobilize” American to “advocate for the interests of the CCP and marginalize its opponents.”

Hanban, an official arm of the CCP, is bankrolling the program; the site, however, fails to mention its Chinese government links. They simply suggest:

Made possible through a collaboration between College Board and Hanban, the program has grown to be the largest Chinese visiting teacher program in the U.S. 

In addition to the Guest Teacher Program, College Board also collaborates with Hanban on an annual Chinese Bridge Delegation to China a “weeklong program in China to help educators start or strengthen their institution’s Chinese programs and partnerships.” 

College Board’s website notes, in a similar fashion to the aforementioned Teacher Program, that “this program is made possible by Hanban, committed to the development of multiculturalism and providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources worldwide.”

A third level of partnership between the College Board and the Chinese Communist Party has existed since 2007, in the form of  an annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC), again in collaboration with Hanban. 

In addition to featuring panels such as “Race, Sex, and Gender in the Chinese Language Classroom” and other progressive subjects, the conferences routinely feature CCP members and high-ranking professors and CCP-funded institutions such as Peking University. A panel at the 2020 NCLC, “How to Talk to Young Students About Racism, Protests, and Their Role in Shaping the Future,” for example, “invited Chinese language teachers to engage in a candid conversation addressing race and social injustice within the United States.”

The conference, which has enjoyed participation from former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, aims to amplify the reach of Confucius Institutes by “enhancing the capacity for teaching and learning of Chinese language culture by sharing cutting–edge practices and examples with educators and policymakers.”

The multi-layered relationship between College Board – which also manages assessments such as Advanced Placement (AP) exams which play a determinative role in college admissions – is egregious in light of China’s routine hacking and cheating of American academic testing.

Countless tutoring centers in China have exploited the College Board’s practice of reusing test materials, circulating answer keys to students before the corresponding exams are administered.

Despite documents revealing College Board officials were aware China had “compromised” at least four exams in one year, as Reuters notes, the College Board “took no steps to restrict testing in China, the SAT’s largest international market by far, even as it tightened security in smaller countries where exams had leaked.”

With these partnerships, College Board is going a step beyond the usual U.S. academic approach of turning a blind eye to the aggression by the Chinese Communist regime against American interests.

And just like U.S. universities have become increasingly reliant upon the billions provided by foreign students, College Board appears to be focused solely on raising revenue from the Chinese Communist Party.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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