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. English Translation
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
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
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.
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.
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…
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 […]
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Religious-Messages-in-Secular-Textbooks.jpg482857Mady Frischerhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngMady Frischer2017-07-03 18:25:232017-07-06 20:25:12Israel Ministry of Education to Review Role of Religion in Textbooks
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Sheep-and-Wolves.jpg362557Eldad J. Pardohttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngEldad J. Pardo2017-06-07 05:27:092017-06-07 16:40:09The Haredi Challenge: From Resistance to Unity
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 […]
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 16:58:502017-07-03 18:52:08Daniel Taub in the Jerusalem Post -- Palestinians' Future is Not in Rewriting History
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 18:12:572017-06-25 15:37:36Planning for Bigotry in Schools?
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.
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Minbar.jpg470791Eldad J. Pardohttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngEldad J. Pardo2016-08-23 11:33:552016-08-23 16:56:48The Al-Aqsa Fire—The Dangers of Manipulative Education: What Can Be Done
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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
http://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Tunisian-Quartet_Nobel-Peace-Prize.jpg450800Zvi Mazelhttp://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/logo-IMPACT_SE.pngZvi Mazel2016-06-19 00:00:082016-06-19 17:33:25Tunisia: The Virtues of Education