DPP decry MOE course adjustment decision
By John Liu, The China Post
February 6, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said yesterday that districts under its governance would not oblige a decision recently made by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to implement course adjustments in high schools' history classes.
The DPP said the MOE's decision was reached through a "black box operation." The adjustment will "take Taiwan out of the context," and as such, the DPP will launch its opposition on three fronts: the Legislative Yuan, districts under its administration, and on the streets.
The 12-year compulsory education will be implemented in August this year. As part of its efforts to work in tandem with the new policy, the MOE decided by vote on Jan. 27 to make adjustments to high school history course guidelines. The new guidelines will be put into effect for 10th graders for the 2015 school year.
The DPP's standing committee held a meeting yesterday to discuss the issue. DPP spokesman Lin Chuh-hsien (林俊憲) relayed the party's conclusions afterward. The DPP will collaborate with all related civil groups, education reform unions, parent unions, teacher unions as well as academic scholars, to oppose the "black box operation" conducted by the MOE to make course adjustments, Lin said, adding that the DPP will assist the coordination of all protest and demonstration activities.
As the Legislative Yuan begins a new session, the DPP caucus will request the MOE to repeal the decision. Six districts currently under DPP governance — Kaohsiung City, Tainan City, Yilan County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County and Pingtung County — will not follow the MOE's instruction to implement course adjustments.
Adjustment Promotes Mainland Perspective on History: Lin
According to Lin, the reason that the DPP opposes the MOE's decision so much is that the adjustments violate normal procedure, regulations and facts.
The current course guideline was passed in 2011, and has been implemented for just over a year. According to the regulation, course guidelines are to be adjusted every six years. Therefore, the MOE's premature adjustment violates the law, Lin said.
In addition, adjustments to history curriculums adopt the Greater China perspective and eliminate Taiwan's perspective. The changes are not consistent with historical facts, and therefore, the DPP opposes it, Lin said.