Our next debate is about Three Character Primer, should children still learn it in today’s time? Let me introduce the primer to those of you who are not yet very familiar with it.
The three character primer has two authors: Wang Yinglin from the Southern Song Dynasty, and Zhang Taiyan from the Republic of China period, who added content hundreds of years later. About the first two thirds of the content was written by Wang, and the rest was written by Zhang.
One of the features of this primer is, three words form a short sentence, suitable for children of young age to read aloud, they will lose interest in the primer if the the sentences are too long to read. Also, this type of short sentences are easy to memorize.
Note that Wang is a scholar in the Southern Song Dynasty, it was a wealthy, powerful, open era, rare flourishing age in Chinese history. And it was just because of this free and open environment, could this type of book for kids come out, rather than another book or classic.
But today, this type of textbooks for children must have fallen behind the times, of course there are still merits in it. So we now need to debate, should we keep or throw away the textbook. How much outdated content does it occupy? We need to express our opinions to let the audience understand.