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Education, Iranian style

By on 3.19.08 | 12:27PM

To understand where Iran is heading, look at what its children are learning. That's the message at the core of Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran's Textbooks, a comprehensive new study that has just been released by Freedom House. The report - which covers some 95 compulsory textbooks now being taught in Iranian primary schools - finds that the radical political messages, gender, ethnic and religious stereotypes, and anti-Western sentiment contained within these texts "are neither accidental nor sporadic." Rather, they are "consistent and systematic throughout the textbooks at the core of the curriculum in Iranian schools."

The entire study is well worth a read. It can be found here.

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