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
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. Report (pdf 3 mb)
Between 2012–16 IMPACT-se revisited Iranian school textbooks, reflecting new developments in Iranian education.
Unlike political and diplomatic declarations that are often propagated for diverse audiences and interests, education provides a clearer indicator of a country’s direction. Schoolbooks are measures of a society; one educates children in one’s own language and shares with them a worldview and cultural and moral values.
The Iranian education curriculum includes a long list of troubling features. It speaks defense, but often means aggression and hate. It teaches love and intimate relations with God, but manipulates students’ deepest emotions—toward martyrdom, self-sacrifice, jihad war and blind obedience to the all-powerful Supreme Leader. It nurtures Imperial Dreams based on a radical religious ideology and an essentialist-racial worldview predicated on Aryan-Persian superiority. It encourages dissimulation and nurtures fantasies such as paranormal powers of the leadership — all to prepare for the imminent apocalyptic final battle against the “oppressors of the world.”
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: 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). Vilification of the West is widespread but not to the point of violence. More troubling from the perspective of Israeli-Palestinian peace is what may be called a “Guerrilla Curriculum.”
The Jerusalem Post — June 5, 2016 — PA curriculum conveys message rejecting negotiations with Israel and promotes strategy of violence and international pressure against Israel, according to a study by IMPACT-se.
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. Updated Report (pdf, 659kb)
The Jerusalem Post — March 20, 2016
The report, which surveys Islamic Studies in the US and Canada, also showed that although textbooks reflect a generally tolerant tone and even respect for Jews, Israel is often delegitimized…
By IMPACT-SE, Edited by Eldad J. Pardo – March 15, 2016
The report surveys Islamic Studies curricula studied in The United States and Canada. Four out of the five curricula are published in the United States; one is published in Saudi Arabia for teaching in North America. Other than the latter curriculum, our main conclusion overall is that Muslim education in North America includes many positive elements, is flexible and generally tolerant. They 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, including instances of erasing Israel from maps.
By Marcus Sheff, The Times of Israel — March 3, 2016
The Times of Israel article a couple of weeks ago headlined: “In a first, new Egyptian schoolbook teaches peace deal with Israel” and based on an Army Radio report by Jacky Hugi, was intriguing.