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Possible changes to Turkish Education system
1.       Adam25
369 posts
 04 Nov 2010 Thu 01:56 pm

´Faith in Islam´ to top Turkish school reform


The Education Ministry says splitting the eight years of compulsory education will eliminate psychological problems among students.

The Education Ministry says splitting the eight years of compulsory education will eliminate psychological problems among students.

Values taught to Turkish students should be based on “faith in God” and imparted using Islamic terminology, a commission with the National Education Council has said, prompting concerns among educators’ unions in the country.


Comments on this article were interesting.



Edited (11/4/2010) by Adam25 [forgot to add link]

2.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 04 Nov 2010 Thu 09:39 pm

The same year Turkey had their reform, Poland had it too, but the other way around, ie the 8 year system was changed into 6 classes of primary school, 3 classes of middle school and then secondary education that takes 2.5 years for vocational schools, 3 years for general secondary schools and 4 years for secondary technical schools. Having worked as a teacher, I hated the reform. The 8 year primary school was much better, in my opinion. Education is compulsory in Poland until you´re 18 so no matter how badly the middle school kids behaved, it was impossible to expell them.

Basing curricula on religious teaching is not a new issue to me as well. A few years ago when an abnormal party of ultraq religious idiots got elected they had a similar idea (just replace the word Islamic with Catholic). Fortunately this never came into being as no sane person would approve teaching ie creationism and not teaching evolutionism.

Obligatory single sex schools are a strange concept. people should be free to choose. here, in Ireland there are coeducational as well as single sex schools and you can send your child to whichever you prefer. Oh, and most national schools are catholic but ytou have no problem sending there a child of other faith - religion is not compulsory for them.

Wow, I´ve just checked school leaving and employable age around the world. Apparently school leaving age in Turkey is 14 and employable age is...12? WHAT? I don´t think one should be able to leave school before having the right to vote! 16 is what many EU countries have as a school leaving age and I think it´s way too early




3.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 05 Nov 2010 Fri 09:10 pm

Wow, I was surprised by these numbers... 14 and 12 years old...

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