A search for rational nationalistic education in Hong Kong

Yan Wing LEUNG, Murray PRINT

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Abstract

Civic education has been idealized and assigned the mission of preparing critical thinking, responsible, participating, multidimensional citizens. But on the other hand, civic education is also charged with the responsibility of moralizing the citizens into characters like punctuality, obedience, docility, deference . It is also used to serve the function of nationalistic education : instilling the sense of national identity , loyalty to the nation state and patriotism. Many Asian countries have strong elements of nationalistic education in their civic education . In 1996, one year before the return of sovereignty of Hong Kong to Chinas, a new official Guidelines on Civic Education in Schools (1996), proposing a curriculum framework with equal emphasis on human rights education, education for democracy, education for rule of law, nationalistic education, global education and education for critical thinking was introduced by the Education Department, which is to be implemented in schools starting from September of 1996. After 1 July, 1997, there was a very strong pressure from the society, asking for more nationalistic education and more schools were taking the initiative to implement nationalistic education. Does the the mission of civic education : preparing critical thinking, responsible, participating, multidimensional citizens, contradict with that of nationalistic education : instilling the sense of national identity , loyalty to the nation state and patriotism ? This paper attempts to construct a framework to study (1) whether there are contradiction and (2)whether the practice of nationalistic education in schools is different from that of civic education.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Hong Kong
education
patriotism
citizen
loyalty
school
national identity
nation state
obedience
constitutional state
sovereignty

Citation

Leung, Y. W., & Print, M. (1998, November). A search for rational nationalistic education in Hong Kong. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Adelaide.

Keywords

  • A framework for the study of the implementation of nationalistic education