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What Do North Korean Schoolchildren Learn About The United States?

Many Americans wonder what North Koreans believe about the United States. The education system in North Korea is completely state-financed and a 12-year-education is compulsory for all children. North Korean child propaganda is fed to children in grades as early as kindergarten. North Korean anti-American nursery rhymes and cartoons pervade the classroom and children’s educational programming. But what are North Koreans taught about the US in school? The information they are fed is a heavily distorted view of history and current realities about the United States. They are also taught unbelievably ridiculous things about the abilities of their current and past leaders. One thing they know for sure is that the American imperialists need to be hated, and this is a sentiment that doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon.

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  • There Are Frequent Field Trips To A Museum Dedicated To America's Crimes Against North Korea
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    There Are Frequent Field Trips To A Museum Dedicated To America's Crimes Against North Korea

    There is an entire museum dedicated to all of America’s crimes against humanity. It is called the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, and it’s located just south of Pyongyang. Children make frequent field trips to this museum, which instill in them a fierce repulsion of America and all its cultural values. Much of the material in the museum is extremely graphic and includes photographs of Americans violently murdering North Korean women. The authenticity of much of the material in the museum is highly questionable.  

  • They Like To Play Games That Involve Smashing Americans To Death

    According to People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE), a non-profit behind the “Forced To Hate” educational report, North Korean children play a super fun game during their school’s field day. The game is called “Smash the foreign-nosed Americans to Death.” The report doesn’t get into the details of the game, but one could only imagine a whack-a-mole scenario. They have other violent games where America always ends up on the losing side.

  • Children Are Taught That General MacArthur Instructed Troops To Kill Koreans So They Could Have Their Women

    The North Korean propaganda book, The US Imperialists Started the Korean War, claims in order to incentivize his troops, General MacArthur promised them all the women in Seoul. The book claims MacArthur issued this “special order” in September 1950 to American soldiers landing in Inchon. “Retake Seoul! There are girls and women. For three days the city will be yours. You will have girls and women in Seoul,” was apparently a MacArthur direct-quote, according to the book.

  • Americans Are Almost Always Referred To As Bastards

    In Korean, “miguk nom,” literally translates to “American bastard,” and everyone from school-age children to grandmothers refer to Americans in this way. “We love playing military games knocking down the American bastards,” reads one poster inside of a children’s classroom. Another poster features an image of an American with a noose around his neck.

  • North Koreans Are Taught That The US Started The Korean War

    There is a propaganda book children in North Korea have undoubtedly read in their classrooms titled The US Imperialists Started the Korean War. In reality, the Korean War started when the communist North Korean People’s Army invaded the south by crossing the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950. The war lasted for three years and left millions of people dead. When it ended in 1953, North and South Korea were separated by a demilitarized zone, and they have remained separated since. However, the propaganda book claims the United States started the war so that they could use Korea as a jumping off point for the progression of their global domination.

  • Kids Like To Beat Up Dummies Of American Soldiers At Recess

    Schools in America try to discourage violence on the playground. This isn’t the case in North Korea. Children have an array of tanks and toy guns to choose from for their recess games. Three Associated Press journalists visited a school in North Korea in 2012, and they reported the school’s principal pulled out a dummy of an American soldier. The principal said the children enjoyed pummeling it with stones during playtime.