Curricula

Publishers must end.
For the sake of learning, the old hierarchy must be eradicated.

Chinese curricula

When I took Mandarin 1, I used Integrated Chinese. It was clumsy and soulless. One problem stood out to me: the book did not teach me how to express my most fundamental feelings. The word love was absent. This may seem like a minor problem, but that is not all. There are broad structural issues as well. The book is littered with irritating watercolors that are de rigeur for language textbooks. And the grotesque price is shameless and shameful. When some students genuinely have trouble affording food, there are publishers seeking to monopolize learning markets with unamazing books at amazing prices.

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