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INTERVIEW: Hsinchu students organize opposition to changes

Hsinchu National Senior High School had the most students — more than 700 — sign a petition opposing the Ministry of Education’s planned adjustments to high-school curricula and provides the best example and implementation of civics education for high-school students, Hsinchu High School Anti-Curriculum Changes organization spokesperson Mu Yu-feng and member Chang Wen-jung said in an interview with Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times) reporter Jennifer Huang

Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer

Since the KMT returned to power, it threw out the DPP’s 2009 proposal and instead nominated its own 2012 curriculum, which is the controversial “minor adjustments” to high-school curricula that — despite its controversy — the ministry is adamant about implementing by August.

I made some effort to understand the processes in each of the aforementioned periods and found that the changes made under the DPP government were comparatively law-abiding, allowing for teachers to comment on the changes, while sending the proposals through an assembled curriculum committee, the Committee of Curriculum Development and the Committee of Curriculum Review.

Academics participating in the meetings at the time were all authorities in their respective fields and made the changes keeping the students in mind. The public hearings were also more structured.

However, this time, the curriculum changes have often been called a “black-box” operation that was manipulated by a minority of academics who had no expertise in the subjects being modified. Most of the teachers who conduct the teaching have been removed from the process, with some complaining of receiving the notice to attend the public hearings after the hearings have concluded.

Even students in their minors know that political intervention [in education] is wrong, and that is why we oppose these changes.

Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer

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