Lebanese teachers call for revised stance on Israel in national curriculum

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(JNS.org) Lebanon’s national school curriculum, which has traditionally defined Israel as the country’s sole enemy, is currently under review after several teachers asked the Lebanese Ministry of Education to make revisions, the Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Thursday.

The Lebanese teachers said they “do not want to involve politics in the education system, which should be neutral and not subject to political perceptions.”

“We do not want to educate our children to hate, even if the enemy (Israel) occupies our land, violates our sovereignty, and overlooks our border,” the teachers added.

The Center for Educational Research and Development, a national organization within Lebanon’s Ministry of Education, organized several discussions last week regarding the goals of the Lebanese school curriculum. Members of a curricular committee for Arabic-language studies said in the discussions that they oppose including the phrase “animosity toward the oppressing Zionist entity” in the curriculum. Additionally, a professor from American University of Beirut expressed that the curriculum should include a notation of Lebanon’s fight against “religious extremism that threatens Arab states.”

Posted on April 7, 2016 .