Iran’s Radical Education: An Interim Update Report, 2021-22

IMPACT-se’s updated Iran report analyzed new sets of textbooks in the Iranian curriculum created for the current 2021-2022 academic year. The findings indicate a greater degree of radicalization than in previous IMPACT-se reports, “Iran’s Global War Curriculum” (2006-2007) and “Iranian Education: The Continuous Revolution” (2016). Findings show that the Islamic Republic’s curriculum provides educational content that continues to teach students about the prospect of a global struggle to spread the Islamist-Khomeinist revolution from as early as the first grade. The world is divided between followers of Iran’s global revolution and those who oppose it. Students are taught that Arab proxy militias are part of the Iranian regime and core to its goals. A central tenet of the curriculum is aimed at equipping the military forces of the country. Maintaining Khomeinist ideology is the foundation for war and martyrdom in the name of spreading Islam. Students are taught that they are constantly under threat, most notably from the United States. The curriculum attacks the United States and praises the slogan “Death to America!” Death to America hate rituals are praised and justified as an important tool for preserving the unity of society and a necessity against American arrogant disposition. As is the case with prior reports, antisemitism remains rife, classic antisemitic tropes are used to describe Zionism, as a wealthy ring of evil Jewish capitalists looking to control the world for malicious gain and students are encouraged to attend protests calling for the “death to Israel.”  Report

Iranian Education: The Continuous Revolution
IMPACT-se – 2016

Image: Women wearing the Burqa in IranBetween 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.”

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Religious Instruction 5th Grade p.36The Attitude to the ‘Other’ and to Peace in Iranian School Textbooks and Teachers’ Guides
By IMPACT-se  — October 2006

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