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Education in general in the Middle East

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jan 27, 2013 at 06:48

Hi Ianus

Rote education is endemic in the Islamic Middle East be it in Turkey or even Egypt and to a lesser degree in Lebanon. There is a word in Egyptian Arabic and it is yesama3 or he who recites and this is what rote education is all about but critical thinking? Do not even think about it

This does not mean that there are no centers of great education in let us say Egypt or Lebanon as both countries have AUC or the American University in Cairo and the AUB or the American University in Beirut and both are outstanding centers of critical education but at a great cost

And indeed most of the leaders of the 1/25/2011 revolution in Egypt are secularists and many are graduates of secular and critical education at the AUC or even European and American universities but again and this is what the disaster is all about, most young people still have to be educated in schools run by al-Azhar or state schools where poor and uncritical education is the rule and where the size of the class is about 150 children per teacher! Not very good

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