Turkish educational curriculum turned into mess

The ruling party AKP organised a series of seminars for instructing teachers to teach geometry and math according to "national values"
Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:33

Turkey's the Ministry of Education instructed teachers to explain the geometrical shapes using an image of the Monument of July 15, and mixture problems in math by using the example of Noah’s pudding.

A week before the new academic year starts, the Ministry of Education has organised seminars for teachers, attempting to guide them in the coming year. In the geometry lessons, the teachers have been told to explain the geometrical shapes using an image of the 'July 15 Martyrs' Memorial' located on the Bosphorus Bridge in İstanbul, erected after last year's coup attempt. In all cases, moreover, teachers were "strongly advised" to use the theme of July 15 in their lessons.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP government take successive steps for intensifying the indoctrination of a new founding myth in schools, although whether a new system is successfully established in place of the Republic is highly arguable.

In 2016, students began their education year not with an introduction to mathematics or science, but by learning about the treachery the nation faced on July 15 by the failed coup attempt.  The Ministry of Education announced that the coup attempt would find its place in textbooks. 

In another instance, the presenters suggested educators teach "mixture problems" by using the example of "Ashura" to highlight the "national values."

Ashura, otherwise known as Noah's pudding, is a Turkish dessert of Armenian origin. Ashura is customarily cooked in the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The new academic year's curriculum was recently revealed to contain the idea that a woman must obey her husband, the concept of "jihad", and dismiss the theory of evolution. The AKP government also obliged textbooks of various courses to include topics related to the coup attempt on July 15, 2016.