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2021-03-05 『ああ、あれは、ざっくり言って、"2.26事件"と同じだよ』 [長年日記]

Here, I wrote about a story that developed into a big problem in the summer of 2015 when the prefectural governor of Kagoshima Prefecture said, 'High school girls should be taught the names of flowers and grasses rather than trigonometric functions'.

また、

In addition,

In this column, "Recurrent Education [Part 1]: Trigonometric Functions Unnecessary and How to Destroy Individuality," I raised the following issues.

■古典は必要か → 使う場面ないじゃんか?

Do we need the 'classics' → Why don't we use them?

■歴史は必要か → 昔の話を持ちだしてどうする?

Do we need 'history' → When do we use the story?

■英語は必要か → (江端試算では)4%の日本人しか使っていないぞ?

Do we need 'English' → (Ebata's estimate) only 4% of Japanese use it?

■現国は必要か → 文庫本が読める程度の漢字を知っていればいいんじゃないの?

Do we need to study 'Japanese'? → It's enough if we know enough kanji to read a paperback book.

■体育は必要か → 日常生活で、走ったり跳んだり泳いだりする必要性はあるか?

Do we need 'physical' → Do we need to run, jump, or swim in daily life?

■理科は必要か → リトマス試験紙が何色になるかが、そんなに重要か?

Do we need 'science' → Is it really that important what color the litmus test paper turns?

と問いつめれば、「畢竟(ひっきょう)、全ての学校教育は否定される」という結論に至るはずだ、という論を展開しました。

I argued that if we look at it this way, wewill come to the conclusion that "in the end, all schooling will be rejected.

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で、現在、ミャンマーで発生している「軍部によるクーデター事件」について語る時に、

So, when we talk about the "military coup d'etat incident" that is currently occurring in Myanmar.

『ああ、あれは、ざっくり言って、"2.26事件"と同じだよ』

"Yeah, that's roughly the same as the 2.26 incident"

と言った時に、

When I replied that way,

「ああ、なるほどね」

"Oh, I see"

と答える国民が、多数派の国になるか、

Will the people who answer this way become the majority? or,

「はあ? 何それ?」

"What? What's that?"

と答える国民が、多数派の国になるか、

Will the people who answer this way become the majority?

の、違いなのだろう、と思っています。

At the end of the day, this is what makes the difference, I believe.

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『国民の知的レベルは低いままにしておく方が統治しやすい』といったのは、毛沢東です。

It was Mao Zedong who said, "It is easier to rule if the intellectual level of the people is kept low.

私は、『国民の知的レベルを低いままにしておくと、感染症で国が滅びる』と思っています。

I believe that 'if the intellectual level of the people is kept low, infectious diseases will destroy the country.

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「毛沢東?はあ?それ誰?」と答える国民が・・・(以下省略)。

"Mao Zedong? Huh? Who is that? The people answered....(Omitted below)