Why not focus on things people can agree upon [China Daily]
With the breakdown of talks and the protest march last Sunday, the national education issue has reached an impasse. It is now a political argument to be won, rather than a policy question to be solved. The risk is that Hong Kong will lose a potentially important addition to its education system; perhaps, to find a way out of the gridlock, we should focus on where the two sides agree, rather than where they disagree.
National education, as an educational principle, should not be controversial; many countries recognize the importance of teaching students about the political system and society of which they are a part. At Harvard College, which I attend, students are required to take a course in “the United States in the World”, which includes courses on American history and political structures. While at a higher level than what is proposed for Hong Kong, the principle is the same: one needs some understanding of one’s own country.