UPDATE: Via Chris Moody of Yahoo! News, the NCES has removed the Mao Zedong quote from its website. The “Quote of the Day” section now says, “Sorry there is no quote of the [day] today.”
UPDATE II: Via Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed, the NCES has now updated the website once again with a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
UPDATE III: The NCES has removed the “Quote of the Day” section from its “Kid’s Zone” website. Click here to see the latest screen shot. Andrew Kaczynski has an official statement from the Department of Education.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a part of the Department of Education, has a section on its website dedicated to kids. The site has various facts and resources that kids may find interesting. It also has a “Quote of the Day” section.
While this section may occasionally provide insightful and otherise worthwhile quotes, today’s quote is from a historical figure isn’t exactly a role model. Here’s the quote directly from the website:
“Our attitude towards ourselves should be ‘to be satiable in learning’ and towards others ‘to be tireless in teaching.’” — Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong was a ruthless dictator who was responsible for as many as 65 million deaths in his communist Chinese regime. So yeah, he’s a completely stand up guy. Who cares if he killed 65 million people, right? He wanted people to learn. [/sarcasm]
H/T: Lachlan Markay
Here’s the screen shot, folks. Click to enlarge the image.