Dept. of Education Removes Mao Quote from Website for Kids

I’m sure the Obama administration will see to it that somebody is fired over this — the person who removed the quote, that is:

A U.S. government website geared toward children under the umbrella of the Department of Education yanked a quote from Communist leader Mao Zedong off its page on Friday after it went viral on social media.

“Our attitude towards ourselves should be ‘to be satiable in learning’ and towards others ‘to be tireless in teaching,’” read what appeared to be a somewhat mangled Mao quote on the “Kids’ Zone” webpage of the National Center for Education Statistics.

This is how it appeared:


Mao also said “to read too many books is harmful.” When will the US Department of Education post that one?

After it was noticed, the quote was removed and the acting press secretary for the Department of Education kinda-sorta blamed Bush:

“The Kids’ Zone website hosted by the National Center of Education Statistics earlier today featured a poorly chosen quote, intended to highlight the importance of teaching and learning, in the ‘Quote of the Day’ feature. This feature, which automatically generates one education-related quote per day from a database of quotes last updated in 2007, has been temporarily suspended pending a review of the database’s contents.”

Just to be safe they’ll probably replace any other Mao quotes with the sage wisdom of Hugo Chavez and Saul Alinsky.

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