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. Read more

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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.”

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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. Read more

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.

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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.


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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 fields of education, women’s rights and health and would strive to further them while distancing religion from political conflicts. This move, which runs contrary to the tenets of the Muslim Brotherhood, can be attributed to the powerful political and social developments taking place in Tunisia. Ennahda believed—however reluctantly—that it had to make these changes in order to survive.

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More Emphasis on LGBT Needed in Our Analysis

The appalling massacre at Pulse, the gay club in Orlando, Florida yesterday, fills us all with a terrible sorrow and pain. Forty-nine people who went out to enjoy themselves have lost their lives and almost 53 others were taken to hospitals, following the worst mass shooting in US history.

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