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The Liberty Times Editorial: Education reform: More is needed

He has engaged with the students on several occasions, but even then there has been little in the way of communication. He has even resorted to threatening students with legal action.

Wu is the most senior official in the country responsible for the education brief and yet he has failed to connect with the young Taiwanese who are the recipients of this education. He likes to think of himself as an intellectual. We see little evidence of his being qualified for that distinction.

After student activist Dai Lin (林冠華) committed suicide reportedly in protest against the ministry’s curriculum changes, there is nothing the state can do to adequately make up for the remorse and pain that has been felt.

Worse still, the shameless powers that be are doing nothing. The lessons learned from this whole affair are likely to make an indelible mark on the history of the normalization of education in this nation and hopefully will stay with each and every person in Taiwan for a very long time.

Translated by Perry Svensson and Paul Cooper

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