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A canceled free-speech class in Hong Kong

A teacher at Alliance Primary School, a private Christian school in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Tong district, designed a fifth grade lesson plan about freedom of speech for a class in March 2019.

It didn’t turn out so well.

In the lesson plan, the teacher included Hong Kong’s mini-constitution (the Basic Law), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a 20-minute documentary featuring the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, and an accompanying worksheet. The teacher, who has not been publicly named, did not teach the lesson himself—he instead designed it for his colleagues’ use.

But this year in late September, the Education Bureau permanently canceled the teacher’s registration, citing professional misconduct. Without registration, he can no longer teach in Hong Kong.

Michelle Li, the permanent secretary for education, said at an Oct. 6 press conference that the teacher had “disseminated pro-independence messages.” His lesson plan “contained biased and twisted content that caused students serious impact and harm,” added Li, who is authorized to revoke teacher registrations under the Education Ordinance. Education Bureau officials emphasized that any notion of Hong Kong independence contradicts the Basic Law and said there was no room for classroom discussion of separatism.

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