It is easy to detect a certain underlying absurdity, and perhaps futility, in Addis Abeba City Administration’s attempt to ban non-Ethiopian celebrations in schools. But the administration is drafting a law to that effect, so we are told. The celebrations in question include Halloween and Crazy Day.
In Mao’s China, children were instructed in the “Great Leader’s” teachings from a very humble age. Not only that pictures of Mao were on the jackets of each text book, the contents of the subjects were intended to deepen the students’ comprehension of Mao’s acumens. As Anchee Mee relates to us in FROM MAO TO AMERICA: A WRITER’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY (2004), a typical question in first grade math would be: “During the battle to break an encirclement in a mid-mountain area, fifty of Mao’s Red Army soldiers defeated ten times their number. How many enemy soldiers were there when the battle started?”
“Some people groups are particularly affected on the continent of Africa and in the populations of African Americans,” says one research paper, which has been distributed from investigators residing in the United States. Why “in particular Africa and African American populations”? According to the research conducted for almost three decades, nobody has so far given the precise answer to this question. It is nevertheless worth noting that scholars are still on the move as to provide the public with the accurate reply.