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Schools are one of the most powerful tools to mitigate extremist influences. They are key to achieving the tolerant and open-minded societies of the future. But they can also be…

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IMPACT-se researches school textbooks, teachers’ guides, and curricula to assess whether young people are being educated to accept others—be it their neighbors, minorities…

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A pioneer in the field of textbook analysis, IMPACT-se presents a clear picture of how different countries educate young people in relation to religions, societies, cultures, democratic values…

PALESTINIAN ELEMENATARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM 2016–17: RADICALIZATION AND REVIVAL OF THE PLO PROGRAM

This IMPACT-se report examines the 2016–17 Palestinian Authority school curriculum, focusing on elementary school grades 1-4.  To a greater extent than the 2014–15 textbooks, the curriculum teaches students to be expendable martyrs, rejects negotiations, demonizes and denies the existence of Israel and focuses on a “return” to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.

NEIGHBORS AND RIVALS: CHINA IN TURKEY’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

In July 2015, protesters throughout Turkey burned China’s flag, along with effigies of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong. On the same day, a group of Turkish Ultra-nationalists and Islamists gathered in central Istanbul to protest the alleged restrictions on Uyghur religious freedom in China.

TURKEY’S CURRICULUM UNDER ERDOGAN: THE EVOLUTION OF TURKISH IDENTITY

This well-timed report monitors Turkish school textbooks published since the AKP’s (Justice and Development Party)  rise to power from 2002–15, with special emphasis on recent years (2013–15). The report examined 117 school textbooks covering subjects in the humanities, science, religious instruction and civics.

PALESTINIANS IN ISRAELI TEXTBOOKS: 2016 UPDATE

This timely report updates Impact’s analysis of the current Israeli educational curriculum, particularly as relates to the Palestinian people and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It is based on the review of 123 state and state-religious textbooks, which were approved and recommended by the Israeli Ministry of Education through the 2017 school year.

IRANIAN EDUCATION: THE CONTINUOUS REVOLUTION

Between 2012–16 IMPACT-se revisited Iranian school textbooks, reflecting new developments in Iranian education. The Iranian education curriculum includes a long list of  troubling features, offering insight into a nation preparing its population—starting with its children—for an imminent apocalyptic battle with the world’s “oppressors.”

THE PA EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM: IN THE SHADOW OF THE TERROR WAVE

Major findings in this IMPACT-se interim report include some positives: civil and gender issues, care for the environment, respect for the internal Other (disabled, authority figures, elderly) and the Muslim/Arab Other (collaboration with Arab countries). More troubling from the perspective of Israeli- Palestinian peace is what can aptly be called a “Guerrilla Curriculum.”

BETWEEN SHARIA AND DEMOCRACY: ISLAMIC EDUCATION IN NORTH AMERICA

This IMPACT-se survey of Muslim curricula in North America includes many positive elements. Though education is often flexible and generally tolerant, there is a clear “us versus them” paradigm that rejects materialism and secular or liberal Islam. The materials demonstrate a respect for Christians and Jews but show hostility to Israel and distort the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including instances of erasing Israel from maps.

EGYPT ENHANCES ITS PEACE EDUCATION, ONE STEP AT A TIME

EGYPT ENHANCES ITS PEACE EDUCATION, ONE STEP AT A TIME

Ofir Winter wrote the following response to the February 17, 2016 Times of Israel article titled “In a first, new Egyptian schoolbook teaches peace deal with Israel.” “A look at the new history and geography textbook indicates the presence of some positive changes regarding the peace … while these developments are highly important, it’s only one step forward on a long road.”

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Turkey’s School Curriculum Crossroads

By Dr. Eldad Pardo and Marcus Sheff — In the latest report published in November 2016 by IMPACT-se analyzing Turkey’s school curriculum—and in what might be a surprise to many—

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Daniel Taub in the Jerusalem Post — Palestinians’ Future is Not in Rewriting History

Palestinians may themselves pay the price for UNESCO’s rewriting of history, even if it seems like a success to Palestinian leadership.

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Planning for Bigotry in Schools?

The parents at the Israeli national religious schools who objected to daily planners given to their children containing inflammatory messages, are to be lauded. They called out the bigotry being pushed onto their children unknowingly and through the back gate. Because of their forthrightness, an investigation by the Israeli Ministry of Education is now in […]

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