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The trauma of learning to read and write

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in response to reader comment: I understand, you are traumatized !

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Mar 6, 2010 at 17:46

Lazman wrote :

> Obviously you survived the trauma of learning to read and write, which by the way, was one of Ataturk's major reforms in a country where only 80 years ago nearly 95% of the population was illiterate.<

Ataturk forced the Turks to learn to read and write but this traumatic experience was largely alleviated by the fact that Ataturk never insisted on teaching the Turk to think. It was enough to repeat his slogans which Turks are so well at doing as a glance at their posts will convince. The problem with Ataturk's teaching methodology was though that the Turks' memory was badly overcrowded with Islamic -slogans. Well, one dogma can thrive in a single mind. But two contrary dogmas are too much even for the Turkish mind!


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