Iranian Education: The Continuous Revolution
IMPACT-se – 2016

iran2015Between 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)

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

Special thanks to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation for enabling us to distribute the full report.