The Times of Israel — April 13, 2017
Proposed changes to textbooks by the UN agency, with schools teaching the PA curriculum to over 312,000 students, was welcomed by Israel and reportedly includes revised maps, a “balanced representation of Jerusalem,” and excision of messages seen as incitement. Cited is IMPACT-se’s latest report on the PA Curriculum.
The Times of Israel — April 3, 2017
Citing “alarming deterioration” since a previous study, an IMPACT-se report published Sunday says PA’s elementary school textbooks deny Israel’s existence and urge a “return” to an exclusively Palestinian homeland.The new textbooks for grades 1-4 demonize Israel and glorify “martyrdom.”
The Jerusalem Post — April 3, 2017 The latest Palestinian Authority elementary school textbooks are even more radical than previous editions, according to a report just issued by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se).
Hurriyet Daily News-– Jan. 26, 2017
The Education Ministry’s draft for changes in the Turkish curriculum for the coming 2017-18 academic year, is set to reverse positive observations and conclusions found by IMPACT-se [in its recent report], in favor of enhanced Islamic education.
Marcus Sheff’s Times of Israel Blog — Dec. 25, 2016 — “Why are none of the so-called Palestinian aspirations for a negotiated peace with Israel—-none at all-—in the Palestinian school curriculum?” Full Report
Sky News — West Yorkshire, UK — Oct. 4, 2016 A private Muslim school has been forced to change its sharia-based curriculum, overhaul teaching standards and improve child safety following a Sky News investigation.
The Jerusalem Post — September 22, 2016 — “The State of Israel is not doing enough to uproot the grave phenomena of racism and hate in society,” according to State Comptroller Joseph Shapira in his recent report.
The Jerusalem Post — September 15, 2016 Israeli textbooks aim for peace, maintain messages of tolerance and coexistence with Palestinians and do not incite against them, according to a study released by IMPACT-se.
The Jerusalem Post — March 20, 2016
The report, which surveys Islamic Studies in the US and Canada, also showed that, although the textbooks reflect a generally tolerant tone and even respect for Jews, Israel is often delegitimatized…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Palestinians may themselves pay the price for UNESCO’s rewriting of history, even if it seems like a success to Palestinian leadership.
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Palestinian-Youth-Toy-Gun.jpg530758Daniel Taubhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngDaniel Taub2016-10-16 16:58:502017-02-25 19:44:38Daniel Taub in the Jerusalem Post -- Palestinians' Future is Not in Rewriting History
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 […]
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Daily-Planner-Cover-e1473694787605.jpg209320Marcus Sheffhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngMarcus Sheff2016-09-12 18:12:572017-02-25 19:44:09Planning for Bigotry in Schools?