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Lu Xun will never be outdated
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Although some Lu Xun's works have been omitted from the revised textbooks published by People's Education Press, they are still relevant and their value will never diminish, says an article in Yan Zhao Metropolis Daily. Excerpt:

Lu Xun is regarded as one of the most influential Chinese writers but that doesn't necessarily mean textbooks should be full of his works. We must not forget China has a long history of literature, which has been enriched by many great writers.

The education authorities had included six of Lu Xun's works in the textbooks because of the political and historical importance of the times. And the omission of some of his works in the revised edition doesn't mean Lu Xun is outdated.

Lu Xun's writings are perhaps the best example of the pen being mightier than the sword in the fight against feudalism and ugly social practices. He had an in-depth knowledge of modern China's social problems. His analysis of the "Chinese national character" is an apt example of that knowledge and concern.

As long as ignorance and injustice exist in society, Lu Xun's works will continue to inspire us to fight against them.

What is at the core of the dispute over textbook reform is how to set new standards for Chinese language and literature. Respecting students' psychological needs and arousing their enthusiasm will be an effective way of reforming our education.

(China Daily August 28, 2009)

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