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Indoctrination – “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” – Barbara Demick

September 20th, 2011 · No Comments · North Korea, Political Communication, Totalitarianism

Whether they were studying math, science, reading, music, or art, the children were taught to revere the leadership and hate the enemy. For example, a first-grade math book contained the following questions:

“Eight boys and nine girls are singing anthems in praise of Kim Il-sung. How many children are singing in total?”

“A girl is acting as a messenger to our patriotic troops during the war against the Japanese occupation. She carries messages in a basket containing five apples, but is stopped by a Japanese soldier at a checkpoint. He steals two of her apples. How many are left?”

“Three soldiers from the Korean People’s Army killed thirty American soldiers. How many American soldiers were killed by each of them if they all killed an equal numner of enemy soldiers?”

One of the songs taught in music class was “Shoot the Yankee Bastards.”

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