Learn, Learn and Learn
Last updated: July 8, 2007
May 13, 2007
Any person who went through the torturous process of the Soviet schooling remembers the famous slogan "Learn, learn and learn as said the great Lenin". It was greeting Soviet schoolchildren daily at the entrance of schools and in the classrooms. It was everywhere. Ever since the unexpected demise of the old Soviet Union, the educators worldwide struggled to come up with a convincing explanation for their students why these should make an effort to learn something. Now it seems that the problem is finally solved and for this the world owes a big big "Thank You" to Gaza.
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. . . in Gaza, a children’s television program produced by Hamas was shown again on Friday afternoon despite a claim by the information minister, Mustafa Barghouti, that the program would be taken off the air for review.
The program, “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” is intended to inculcate Islam in children and to promote Hamas’s view of the world, in which Israel is illegitimate and has no right to exist in what it regards as Palestine.
An earlier program caused controversy when a large Mickey Mouse-like character known as Farfur told children: “You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists. We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness and liberate Jerusalem, God willing, liberate Iraq, God willing, and liberate all the countries of the Muslims invaded by the murderers.”
Israel and American Jewish groups sharply criticized the portrayal of Jews and Americans as murderers, but Mr. Barghouti’s claim that the program would be suspended was challenged by the chairman of the Hamas station, Fathi Hamad, who told Agence France-Presse, “This campaign of criticism is part of a plan orchestrated by the West and the occupying power to attack Islam on the one hand, and the Palestinian cause on the other.”
On Friday Farfur, a buffoonish figure, was seen cheating on exams. Asked why, he answered, “Because the Jews destroyed my home and I left my books and notes under the rubble.”
Another child told him this was no excuse for cheating, and after he failed the test, Farfur said, “I’m calling on all children to read more and more to prepare for exams because the Jews don’t want us to learn.”
The defiant Palo-Mouse insists on learning
July 8, 2007
By ALI DARAGHMEH, Associated Press Writer
Sat Jul 7
NABLUS, West Bank - Two dozen gunmen shooting in the air disrupted high school final exams in this West Bank city on Saturday after education officials rejected their demand to be allowed to take the tests in a separate room.
The gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, insisted on taking the test in a separate room, citing security concerns. Many of the armed men are wanted by Israel.
Education officials had refused to grant them special treatment, apparently fearing widespread cheating if the gunmen were allowed to take the exams separately. The gunmen forced some 550 students in two rooms to delay their tests for several hours.
In the end, the gunmen agreed to take the finals along with the other students. However, there appeared to be cheating; some used cell phones and books in the tests which are usually strictly monitored.
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