Pro-Blue Hong Kong blogger Roland over at ESWN found this interesting tidbit in Apple Daily, allegedly a question from a text on civic affairs.

阿扁總統在扁嫂的SOGO禮券案、女婿的內線交易案中,飽受民眾要求自動辭職下台的風暴,若是阿扁真的主動辭職下臺,阿扁的表現顯示出民主政治的何種特色?」
(A)民意政治、法治政治
(B)法治政治、政黨政治
(C)責任政治、政黨政治
(D)責任政治、民意政治。

(in translation) The people have been asking President Ah-Bian to voluntarily resign on account of his wife’s SOGO gift voucher and his son-in-law’s inside trading case. If Ah-Bian really resigned voluntarily, which features of democratic rule will this demonstrate?
(A) Rule by public opinion; rule of law
(B) Rule of law; party politics
(C) Accountable governance; party politics
(D) Accountable governance; rule by public opinion

An interesting textbook, that. The Sogo Coupon case broke this year after April, so they got it out real quick. Roland adds:

Never mind which is the right answer, because the obvious outcome is that parents are complaining about the political implications. This question was not devised by a teacher, but lifted straight off a book. The book publisher said that the subject was chosen because this is what is happening in real life without any particular political stance. What do you think? Should lessons on civics involve discussion about current affairs?

Let’s repeat that one:

The book publisher said that the subject was chosen because this is what is happening in real life without any particular political stance.

Asinine. No wonder the parents are complaining. “The people” did not ask Chen to resign; the protests have been carried out primarily by pan-Blues. By using the phrase “the people” rather than “some people,” the question thus reveals a very obvious political stance. As Roland says, never mind the answer — reality is: it’s the question that’s loaded. There has to be more to the story than this, but I can’t access Apple Daily’s back issues since I am not a member of that tabloid.

Oh, and of course current events should be discussed in class. None of the answers seem right, though.