Iran Bans Teaching English in Primary Schools.

by Pitt Griffin on January 10, 2018 · 0 comments

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Conservative Iranians think the same way as conservative Americans do. If you don’t like something, if it doesn’t jibe with your worldview, ban it. In America, it is the desire to stop teaching Islam and evolution in high school. In Iran, it is a move to ban teaching English in primary schools. Which will probably work about as well as book banning.

If you want to get a kid a kid to do something tell him he can’t do it. And if you want to pique a kid’s interest tell him something is off-limits.

Conservatives, no matter whether Iranian or American, talk to the same folk — uncritical thinkers. The religious, superstitious, fearful, economically distressed, rural population. And their tools are the same – cynical appeals to patriotism and cultural superiority.

The education ministry “envisages strengthening Persian language skills and Iranian Islamic culture of pupils at the primary school stage”, its secretary told state media

City dwellers tend to be more cosmopolitan in their outlook. They express a greater faith in diversity, tolerance, and a belief in facts. And in Iran are more likely to ensure that their children are grounded in all that gives them an advantage — and knowledge of English is a sine qua non for any ambitious citizen. So it is no surprise that the current unrest in Iran is city-centric.

Modern dictatorships all have populist roots. Every successful autocrat rose by dint of seducing the masses to their cause. Only when it is too late do the masses find that the ’Dear Leader’, or whatever his sobriquet, has no interest in their well-being.

Will the Mullahs rally the conservative Iranian to their side with nationalistic engineering — or will the liberal thirst for a more open government win the day? I don’t know. But it is interesting how it mirrors the struggle rocking America since the Trump election.

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