Negotiations or UN Motions? The PA Strategy is in its Curriculum
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
Turkey’s Curriculum Under Erdogan THE EVOLUTION OF TURKISH IDENTITY
IMPACT-se Report November 2016
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)
CBN News: Israeli Textbooks Stress Peace as "Ultimate Goal"
CBN News, JERUSALEM — September 16, 2016 — Israeli textbooks stress peace as the “ultimate goal” with the Palestinians, according to the findings of a new report.
Iranian Education: The Continuous Revolution
IMPACT-se – 2016
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.”
Full Report (pdf, 2.1 mb) Exec Summary (pdf, 397 kb)
IMPACT’s Iran Report Highlighted in WSJ Editorial
The Wall Street Journal — July 19, 2016 — “Tehran Teaches Its Children” — Iranian textbooks teach the virtues of dictatorship and hate. IMPACT Report
JP EDITORIAL QUOTES IMPACT-SE STUDY
The Jerusalem Post — June 8, 2016 — “Why is it that Palestinians hold such slanted opinions about Israel and Israelis?” Impact Report
The PA Educational System: In the Shadow of the Terror Wave
By Eldad J. Pardo, IMPACT-se — May 2016
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.”
Full Interim Report (pdf 1.3mb) Executive Summary (pdf 790kb)
IMPACT REPORT: "THE WORD ‘PEACE’ HARDLY APPEARS AT ALL"
The Tower.org – June 7, 2016 – Students aren’t taught of PLO commitment to Israel’s right to exist or any peace negotiations between Israel and Palestinians. Full Report
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ‘GLIMMER OF CHANGE’ IN EGYPTIAN TEXTBOOK
Haaretz — June 6, 2016 — Is a recent IMPACT-se report citing positive changes in Egyptian textbook “indicative of a new spirit wafting from President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi?”
"PA TEXTBOOKS SUPPORT VIOLENCE AND DEMONIZATION OF ISRAEL, JEWS, REPORT FINDS"
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.
INTERVIEW FEATURES IMPACT-se CEO MARCUS SHEFF WITH KEY EXCERPTS FROM NEW PA REPORT
YNET — June 2, 2016 — Highlights IMPACT-se May 2016 interim report: “The PA Educational System: In the Shadow of the Terror Wave.” English Article
Palestinians in Israeli Textbooks: 2016 Update
By IMPACT-se – Update for 2016
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)
AJC Seeks Improved Muslim-Jewish Relations Amid Growing Anti-Muslim Rancor in the U.S.
The Jewish Weekly — May 18, 2016
IMPACT-se report on Muslim textbooks in North America cited…
AL JAZEERA DEBATES IMPACT-se REPORT ON POSITIVE CHANGES TO EGYPTIAN CURRICULUM
Al Jazeera — May 13, 2016
Report sparks profound discussion on need to change Middle East education.
Op-Ed: Muslim Textbooks in North America Teach Tolerance – and Demonize Israel"
By Marcus Sheff, Jewish Telegraphic Agency — March 28, 2016
Muslim education in North America is generally flexible and tolerant, according to a new study, Israel being a notable exception.
Tolerance—and Jihad—Taught in Muslim Schools in US
Religion News Service — March 21, 2016
(RNS) Students in Muslim-run schools in the US and Canada are taught a very distinct view of Israel and Western culture, a new report claims…
Report: Islamic Education in US Hostile to Israel, DistortsConflict"
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…
Between Sharia and Democracy: Islamic Education in North America
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.
- Preface, Credits and Methodology (pdf, 290 kb)
- Brief (pdf, 387 kb)
- Full Report (pdf, 1.79 mb)
Egypt and Israel: Getting Closer, Child by Child?"
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.
‘Egypt Enhances It’s Peace Education, One Step at a Time’
By Ofir Winter — March 3, 2016
Ofir Winter’s IMPACT-commissioned response to the February 17, 2016 Times of Israel article titled “In a First, New Egyptian Schoolbook Teaches Peace Deal with Israel.” IMPACT-se Brief