Biden Education Department Lead Praised Chinese Communist Party School System As ‘Magical,’ ‘Open’


The leader of Joe Biden’s Department of Education transition team has praised the Chinese Communist Party’s school system in Shanghai as doing “magical work.”

In Linda Darling-Hammond’s 2017 book Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World, she pointed to the Chinese province of Shanghai as doing “magical work” with education.

Shanghai possesses a “high-performing education systems creat[ing] a coherent set of policies designed to ensure quality teaching in all communities,” she added.

This book describes how this seemingly magical work is done: how a number of high-performing education systems create a coherent set of policies designed to ensure quality teaching in all communities- and how the results of these policies are manifested in practice. Across three continents and five countries, we examined seven jurisdictions that have worked to develop comprehensive teaching policy systems: Singapore and Finalnd, the states of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, the provinces of Alberta and Ontario in Canada, and the province of Shanghai in China.”

Darling-Hammond also praised teaching in China as an “open and publicly examined practice,” despite countless reports on the Chinese government infiltrating institution with spies.

Throughout the 304-page book, Darling-Hammond also shares figures regarding enrollment, graduation, and education investment provided by the Chinese Communist Party, failing to note that these figures are often inflated.


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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