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English out, Xi Jinping Thought in at Shanghai schools

China mixes ideology into educational reform drive

Chinese authorities look to lighten the load on children while keeping them loyal to the Communist Party.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- School children here returning to class next month will be pleased to find that they will no longer need to remember the intricacies of English spelling. But all will not be fun and games: "The Communist Party leads all forms of work in China" may be one of the phrases of President Xi Jinping that they are required to commit to memory.

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