IMPACT World Focus

Saudi Arabia -- Iran Front Page -- July 24, 2017 -- US Lawmaker Says Saudi Textbooks Taught at ISIS Schools Egypt -- NPR -- July 24, 2017 -- Rapid Population Growth Strains Egyptian Education System United States -- NBC -- July 24, 2017 -- Minnesota Department of Education Approves Transgender ‘Toolkit’ India -- City Today -- July 23, 2017 -- More Education, Fewer Child brides Mean Healthier Children in India Pakistan -- The Nation (Pakistan) -- July 23, 2017 -- Call for Education Policy, New Curriculum in Pakistan South Korea -- The Economist -- July 22, 2017 -- South Korea is Losing Faith in an Elitist Education System Saudi Arabia -- FDD’s Long War Journal -- July 20, 2017 -- Analysis: Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Educational Curriculum UK -- The Telegraph -- July 19, 2017 -- Legislation is Needed to Stop one Ethnicity Taking Over a School, Says City Superintendent Turkey -- Reuters -- July 18, 2017 -- Turkey Rolls Out New School Curriculum - Without Darwin Sweden -- The Local -- July 18, 2017 -- Refugees Welcome? How UK and Sweden Compare on Education for Young Migrants Nigeria -- PRI -- July 17, 2017 -- Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai Calls for a ‘State of Emergency for Education’ in Nigeria Israel -- EU Reporter -- July 16, 2017 -- Education to Peace is Crucial in the #Israeli-Palestinian conflict Iraq -- UNHCR -- July 12, 2017 -- Nobel Peace Prize Winner Highlights Education Needs of Iraq’s Displaced Children UK -- The Guardian -- July 11, 2017 -- Religion, Gender Segregation and Sex Education in Schools United States -- the algemeiner -- July 11, 2017 -- Are Biased Textbooks Turning Young Americans Against Israel? Saudi Arabia -- The New York Times -- July 11, 2017 -- Saudi Arabia to Offer Physical Education Classes for Girls India -- Huffington Post -- July 11, 2017 -- Gujarat Textbook‘s Printing Error Describes Roza As An ’Infectious Disease’ United States -- NPR -- July 11, 2017 -- Reading, Writing And Fracking? What The Oil Industry Teaches Oklahoma Students Canada -- Toronto Sun -- July 10, 2017 -- B’nai Brith Canada Demands Correction of School Textbook Suggesting Israeli Kids Used as Child Soldiers Japan -- Japan Today -- July 10, 2017 --Full STEAM Ahead: Serial Entrepreneur Emi Takemura Takes on Ggender Bias in Education India -- The Hindu -- July 10, 2017 -- Video Shown to NInth Graders Contradicts Indian Government over ‘Contested’ Regions with China United States -- ABC WBAY -- July 10, 2017 -- Newly introduced bill would create curriculum for gun safety classes in high schools United States -- Arkansas Online -- July 8, 2017 -- Date set for trial on racial discrimination in Little Rock schools Pakistan -- Pacific Standard -- July 7, 2017 -- In Pakistan, these schools are putting morality back into the curriculum World -- Huffington Post -- July 6, 2017 -- The Hidden Agenda of the G20: Global Education Indonesia -- Free Malaysia Today -- July 6, 2017 -- Indonesian schools breeding intolerance, says report North Korea -- Newsweek -- July 6, 2017 -- How North Korean Children are Taught to Hate Americans Europe -- UNESCO -- July 5, 2017 -- Prevention of violent extremism: the role of educational media Canada -- Edmonton Journal -- July 5, 2017 -- Education minister tasked with combating hate in Alberta Zimbabwe -- UNESCO -- July 4, 2017 -- Speaking Out for Gender Equality in Education: FSNT Director, Evernice Munando Israel -- Al-Monitor -- July 4, 2017 -- How Israel’s education minister inserts ideology into schools UK -- Catholic Herald -- June 27, 2017 -- Catholic school adopts ‘gender neutral’ uniform policy, allowing boys to wear skirts India -- Times of India -- June 28, 2017 -- Study finds gender stereotypes aplenty in NCERT textbooks South Africa -- Africa News -- June 28, 2017 -- South African court rules against religious bias in state schools UK -- the algemeiner -- June 26, 2017 -- Haredi Elementary School Fails Government Inspection for Not Teaching about Sexual Orientation UK -- The Sun -- June 26, 2017 -- Primary School Children ‘Shoot Targets’ with Plastic Guns at Firing Range after Meeting with Armed Cops Iran -- Deutsche Welle (DW) -- June 23, 2017 -- Education for All? Not in Iran Turkey -- The Telegraph (UK) -- June 23, 2017 -- Turkey will Stop Teaching Evolution in Schools, Education Ministry Says Swaziland -- UNESCO -- June 22, 2017 -- Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Education and Training and Science, Technology and Innovation Underway in Swaziland Austria -- Daily Sabah (Turkey) -- June 22, 2017 -- Austrian Foreign Minister Calls for Closure of Muslim-Education Preschools USA -- LA Times -- June 22, 2017 -- Do New Texas Textbooks Whitewash Slavery and Segregation? India -- Hindustan Times -- June 20, 2017 -- Punjab Girls to Get Free Education from Kindergarten to PhD Africa -- The Conversation -- May 22, 2017 -- The Success of Post-Conflict Peace Studies Rests with Teaching Teachers Myanmar -- The Japan Times -- June 20, 2017 -- Myanmar Adopts New First-Grade Curriculum with Help from Japan USA -- Houston Chronicle -- June 20, 2017 -- Houston School Superintendent Floats Idea of Adding LGBTQ Issues to History Curriculum Rwanda -- The New Times (allAfrica.com) -- June 19, 2017 -- Education Board Recalls Textbook Trivializing Genocide

Reports

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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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…

  • The New York Times — September 18, 2017
    Following a report last year by Impact-se, which analyzed 117 school textbooks in Turkey and concluded that the curriculum taught human rights, was open to Darwin, gender equality, the protection of the environment, compassion toward AIDS patients and various lifestyles, critics have now challenged the overhaul of more than 170 curriculum topics by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “representing a frontal assault on the country’s already fragile tradition of secularism.” The author of the IMPACT-se report, Dr. Hay Yanarocak, said the new changes showed, “Turkey is changing its direction and is no longer, by default, a Western state.”

  • THE JEWISH CHRONICLE (UK) — Dec. 12, 2017
    Analysis of the new PA curriculum by the influential Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education group (IMPACT-se) concludes that it encourages “young Palestinians to acts of violence in a more extensive and sophisticated manner”  and expanding from” demonization of Israel to providing a rationale for war.”  In response to the report, John Woodcock MP, vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), has written to Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt expressing “deep concern” that the curriculum breaches an agreement between her department and the Palestinian Authority relating to PA funding.

  • Fast Forward — Dec. 4, 2017
    According to an analysis by a watchdog group, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), new textbooks issued by the Palestinian Authority for grades 5-11 encourage violence against Israelis and the PA curriculum “exerts pressure over young Palestinians to acts of violence in a more extensive and sophisticated manner.”

  • the algemeiner — Dec. 3, 2017
    Palestinian Authority textbooks issued for the new academic year are “significantly more radical” than their predecessors, routinely erasing Israel and glorifying “martyrdom,” the watchdog group, IMPACT-se has warned. In its initial review of the recently reformed grades 1-11 curriculum, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) found that Palestinian textbooks “groom young Palestinians to sacrifice themselves to martyrdom,” promote the idea of a mass “return” to Israel, and “feature a radical Islamist worldview.”

  • Süddeutsche Zeitung (via WORLDCRUNCH) — Dec. 1, 2017
    “Turkish schools are taking steps to cultivate a “pious generation” by rewriting history and placing a greater emphasis on religion.” The article cites a recent study by IMPACT-se, which found that content taught at Turkish schools began to change after 2012, emphasizing the “compatibility of Islam and democracy, of religion and science,” while representing the Turks as “custodians of Islam.”

  • Johannes Kahrs in Jüdische Allgemeine (General Jewish Interest) — Nov. 17, 2017
    “Those who wish to be credible in the peace process in the Middle East cannot encourage teaching children … hatred and violence.” Citing IMPACT-se’s recent report on the PA curriculum, Johannes Kahrs, a German Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader, advocates political initiatives at the national and European level that links financial support for Palestinian education to concrete conditions under a continuous monitoring process.
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  • EU Reporter Interview — Nov. 6, 2017
    “EU Reporter spoke to Marcus Sheff, CEO of IMPACT-se, evaluating Palestinian Authority educational materials with a focus on the new Grades 5-11 textbooks. The first full reform of Palestinian textbooks since 2000 was recently completed. The IMPACT-se assessment found that radicalization is pervasive across this new curriculum, to a greater extent than before…”

  • Miriam Elman — Legal Insurrection — Nov. 12, 2017
    Like earlier textbooks that were used to teach “over one million impressionable children,” a new report finds that the new textbooks—recently released as part of the PA’s first full reform of the educational curriculum since 2000—are still promoting the demonization of Israel. The study, by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), documents how kids in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas are being further indoctrinated to hate through their schoolbooks…

  • La Libre (Belgium) — Nov. 8, 2017
    Generalized radicalization, call to martyrdom, promotion of hatred and jihad … The latest official Palestinian textbooks make up a picture that can not be more black. This is at least the portrait of the Israeli research institute IMPACT-se, after having scrutinized the manuals published since last year by the Palestinian Authority. These concern some 1.2 million primary and secondary students in all Palestinian territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem)… La Libre Article

REFORM or RADICALIZATION: PA 2017 Curriculum [A Preliminary Review]

With the first full reform of the Palestinian curriculum since 2000, IMPACT-se, in its second of three reports, covers sixty-six textbooks from the new PA curriculum of 2017–18 for Grades 5–11. Further research will provide a full assessment of the new curriculum covering Grades 1–12. Selected Examples

HAREDI EDUCATION IN ISRAEL: REINFORCING THE BARRICADES

IMPACT-se researches textbooks used in the Haredi curricula to promote a unique and separate cultural identity while  keeping  contact with  Israeli culture to a minimum. Though it fails to meet all of the UNESCO standards, Haredi education nevertheless offers some unique characteristics and advantages worth examining.

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 CURICULUM 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 Israeli School Children current Israeli educational curriculum, particularly as it relates to the Palestinian people and the Palestinian educational 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, and prepared this latest report reflecting new developments in Iranian education. The Iranian education curriculum includes a long list of troubling, sometimes paradoxical 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
This Impact-se report revisits the Palestinian Authority school curriculum, which is perhaps the chief expression of Palestinian cultural independence. The report covers the main findings of our 2011 report as well as some current observations up to and including, the 2015–16 “Knife Intifada.” Major findings include some positives but 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
The report surveys Islamic Studies curricula studied in The United States and Canada. With some exceptions, our main conclusion overall is that Muslim education in North America includes many positive elements, is flexible and generally tolerant. The curricula contain a clear “us versus them” paradigm that rejects materialism, secular or liberal Islam. The materials demonstrate a respect for Christians and Jews but show hostility to Israel and distort the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

Israel Ministry of Education to Review Role of Religion in Textbooks

The Israeli Ministry of Education will be making changes to textbooks studied in the state (secular) schools that include references to Jewish religious observance. According to a July 2nd Haaretz article, this is the first time that criticisms of the Israeli NGO, The Secular Forum, have been acknowledged by the Ministry of Education. The Secular […]

The Haredi Challenge: From Resistance to Unity

The modern era presented a double threat to Jews. One, as argued by the Haredi movement, was that emancipation seemed to prescribe assimilation—what has sometimes been called a “poisonous kiss.” 

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—

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. Once again, the UN organization charged with promoting intercultural understanding and preserving cultural heritage has airbrushed the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest sites. The Palestinian Authority, which spearheaded the campaign, has […]

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.

The Al-Aqsa Fire—The Dangers of Manipulative Education: What Can Be Done

Every year since 1969, during the hot month of August, Palestinian politicians and media have commemorated the “Al-Aqsa Mosque Arson.” A wave of declarations and condemnations then ensue.

One Year after the Nuclear Deal: A Troubling Curriculum in Iran

One year has elapsed since the July 14, 2015 ceremonial conclusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal, officially designated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Iran Deal was one of the most controversial agreements in recent history. Interestingly, neither supporters nor opponents have disagreed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is led by a […]

The Consequences of Segregated Faith-based Education in Northern Ireland

As the UK prepares to secede from the European Union, David Mcilveen writes about faith-based education in Belfast—arguably the UK’s most divided city—and from the province that will form the UK’s only land border with the EU.

Tunisia: The Virtues of Education

A very unusual political and social event happened in a Muslim country in May 2016. Rasheed Ghannouchi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Ennahda Party in Tunisia, announced his decision to separate the political element of the party from religious activities. He stressed that he was aware of the advances the country had made in the […]

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