Q.3:- Describe the ideas behind the Tonkin free school. To what extent was it a typical example of colonial ideas in Vietnam?
The ideas behind the Tonkin Free School were predominantly based on policies of Westernization of the locals. Students were taught science, hygiene and French, and were encouraged to adopt Western styles of dressing. This school was a typical example of colonial ideas in Vietnam. It rejected traditional Vietnamese education and lifestyle while promoting Western ideals of living. Like typical colonists, the French tried to control the Vietnamese identity, culture and customs, besides controlling their territory.