The reason why the revolutionary history teacher at Sinpo Advanced Middle School was driven to the ‘upper reaction’?

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers’ Party of North Korea, reported on September 13 that Gwangmyeong Senior Middle School in Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang, created excellent teaching methods and succeeded in generalizing them nationwide. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

“The important thing in the greatness education is to deepen the awareness that the leader is not a being separate from the people, but a leader of the people who shares life and death with the people and dedicates themselves to their happiness. If you mystify the revolutionary activities and appearance of the leader while claiming to emphasize greatness, the truth will be obscured. Absolute fidelity comes from being fascinated by the leader as a human and comrade.”

In 2019, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter to the participants of the 2nd National First-class Propaganda Congress, ‘Let’s double the power of the revolution through novel propaganda and agitation’, stating that the leader should not be mystified or deified in ideological education. This was an order to induce loyalty to the leader through more humane propaganda and agitation instead of the vain and exaggerated idolatry of the Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il eras.

After such mention, the Ministry of Education prepared a new great liberal arts teaching plan (lecture plan) focusing on the human character of the leader in schools across the country, and instructed them to conduct revolutionary history classes according to the changed teaching plan from the second semester. And on the day of the opening of the second semester of the second semester, the Ministry of Education had to conduct a revolutionary history class based on the new teaching plan under the observation of leaders in the education sector of provinces, cities, and counties.

Accordingly, on September 2, 2019, the first day of the second semester, the first class of the ‘Great Leader Comrade Kim Il-sung Revolutionary History’ began in the classroom of the 3rd grade 2nd class of Sinpo Advanced Middle School in Sinpo-si, South Hamgyeong Province, with 11 observers watching.

Kim Won-cheol (51 years old at the time), head of the Revolutionary History Division at Sinpo Senior Middle School, who stood at the church, continued the class with the content that Kim Il-sung had the headquarters of the revolution in the secret camp of Mt.

Then a student raised his hand and asked a question. This student said, “When I was in the second year of high school, I felt that the weather in Yanggang Province was so cold that it was different from that of our (Sinpo) seaside area. But can people survive in such an environment?” he asked.

Director Kim said, “The weather at Mt. Baekdu is harsh, as a student friend said. If our leader and the anti-Japanese guerrillas were all human, how could they have survived such a severe cold?” He said, “If you didn’t break the rules of living in secret camps that prevented you from lighting bonfires properly, saying that smoke could expose your location to enemies, you can survive in the cold. Giving up is impossible.”

He concluded, “It is necessary to revise the contents of the revolutionary history teaching plan based on historical facts so that it can be of practical help to the education of revolutionary ideology of the new generation.”

At that moment, the observers sitting at the back of the classroom watching the class began to gossip, and they began to write down something diligently in their notebooks.

And that evening, Director Kim was called to the city hall without knowing English and never returned. His wife and two daughters were also taken to the police station on the night of two nights after he was called to the city hall by a Bo-wi-bu truck.

At the end of that year, the fact that Section Chief Kim went to the Kwanliso (political prison camp) was leaked through the members of the security forces and their families who dealt with the case at the time. It was his crime that he had incorrectly taught the leader’s revolutionary activities to the growing new generation.

During the investigation of the Security Council, Section Chief Kim said, “The party told us to educate the new generation to humanely empathize with the leader according to the thoughts of the leader, so we just did it. When you ask how a human can survive in the freezing cold of minus 40 degrees Celsius, do you say you survived with your wisdom?

It was a case in which the contradiction of the Kim Jong-un regime, which was harshly punished for teachers who objectively taught students by pointing out the falsehood of the leader’s revolutionary activities, while promoting a change in ideology and culture, was exposed as it is.

Meanwhile, this case was put down in a notice to educate teachers across the country at the end of that year. After that, the Great Sung Liberal Proposal went back to before Kim Jong-un said that the leader should not be mystified. Even now, two years after this incident, in front-line schools in North Korea, education that brainwashes the greatness of the leader into idolatry and deification is being carried out without fail.

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