How school curriculum shapes students’ ideologies..

Five researchers look at this issue of how school curriculum shapes young minds.

The experiment is set in China.

We study the causal effect of school curricula on students’ stated beliefs and attitudes. We exploit a major textbook reform in China that was rolled out between 2004 and 2010 with the explicit intention of shaping youths’ ideology. To measure its effect, we present evidence from a novel survey we conducted among 2000 students at Peking University. The sharp, staggered introduction of the new curriculum across provinces allows us to identify the effects of the new educational content in a generalized difference in differences framework. We examine government documents articulating desired consequences of the reform, and identify changes in textbook content and college entrance exams that reflect the government’s aims. These changes were often effective: study under the new curriculum is robustly associated with changed views on political participation and democracy in China, increased trust in government officials, and a more skeptical view of free markets.

There is little doubt over this. I mean how these things especially history etc are taught have a sustained impact on the minds and influences choices even later on.  The same values are then passed on to the next generation and the game goes on..

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