The pledge of allegiance does not end with "Hail Saddam" 

Over at the BBC, there's an article on the overhaul of the Iraqi educational system. This paragraph struck me:

Teaching methods may also be different.

Hundreds of teachers are being retrained by the US, encouraged to change from traditional rote learning to a more Western interactive style.

Children will no longer have to start the school day chanting Saddam Hussein's praises.

Um...rote learning is an incredibly effective way of getting people to remember something, whether they be a multiplication table, a list of vocabulary words, or unquestioning obedience to a tyrant.

(In case it's not clear, this post is not intended to be a praise of the Ba'ath regime; it's intended to be a critique of trends in Western education.)


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