Educational Development in Syria
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This paper takes a look at the challenges Syria faces in its current educational system. A history of education in Syria is presented especially as it relates to the developing economy and population demographics of the nation. The author notes the power of the ruling Baath party and its influence on the educational system. The paper also considers the consequences of the Baath one day losing power and the potential for an Islamist educational system to take root. The paper concludes that the overall quality of education in Syria appears to be quite low, due to the government's refusal to base their educational system on secularism and the slow progression of the economy, which in the long run must improve so that Syrian students can compete in today's global economic environment.
From the Paper:"Beginning in the late 1960's, primary and secondary schools and all institutions of higher learning at the university level came under the control of the Syrian government with the Ministry of Education being "responsible for all aspects of administration" and curricula development ("Syrian Education," Internet). In 1967, Syria signed the Arab Cultural Unity Agreement with its Arab neighbors which introduced new curricula examinations, teaching methods and teacher training requirements for every educational level. Unfortunately, this new system proved to be quite ineffective, due to being based solely on Islam and the decision of the minister of education to make "no attempt to inculcate notions of tolerance or respect for religious traditions other than Sunni Islam" and certain tenets of Christianity (Landis, "Islamic Education in Syria," Internet)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Landis, Joshua M. "Islamic Education in Syria: Undoing Secularism." 2008. Internet. Retrieved October 22, 2008 from http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/L/Joshua.M.Landis-1/Islamic%20Education%20in%20Syria.htm.
- Raphaeli, Nimrod. "Syria's Fragile Economy." MERIA--Middle Eastern Review of International Affairs. Vol. 11 no. 2 (June 2007): 245-50. Available online at http://meria.idc.ac.il/journal/2007/issue2/jv11no2a4.html.
- "Syrian Education." Country Studies. 2008. Library of Congress. Internet. Retrieved October 22, 2008 from http://countrystudies.us/syria/37.htm.
- The Middle East. 10th ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press (Congressional Quarterly), 2005.
- The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and Africa. MENA Development Report. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2008.
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