Then the rest of the material is pieces written by folks like Taha Hussain, Ahmed Shawqi, Tawfeeq Alhakeem, and others that fancy wearing Tarboosh on their head. The material is very good... its an excellent prelude to learn the basics of Arab literature.. That is given up front... but I am concerned with one thing... These folks were around back when the Arab nations were under French and British colonization.. It was a very low point in the timeline of the region.. that is why the material in our Education curriculums favor death and martyrdom.. and the sacrifice of one's life for the well-fare of the nation and the people... At that time.. this was what you needed, because the people that wrote these texts were humiliated that someone that wasnt really from around here was walking around with a big gun ordering people around and taking advantage of their resources.
That was then.. this is now.. the question that BEGS for an answer.. is WHY HAVEN'T THE SCHOOL BOOKS CHANGE SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY?? I bet you.. the cirruculum in 1925 Egypt is EXACTLY the same as the curriculum in 2005 Bahrain. Other than the new printed edition, we still have these subliminal messages that Arabs are better than people that dont speak like us... and that a Kaafir (infidel) is wieghted as half a brain in a religious court, and that its very honorable for someone to blow themselves up in a bus or a plane full of white people
Public education in the west is quite different.. research and development, new discoveries, change of definitions, and innovative features are quickly furnished in the education system. Notice, every year.. the famous dictionaries like Webster have a list of new words they're gonna add to this year's edition...
I cant seem to find my science book... but I am certain the material is just loose translation of old french material that needs updating, and rather than making students curious about their environment and new discoveries, they are just told that metal expands with heat, and water turns to gas.. class dismissed.
When was the last time our school books have been revaluated?