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Learning from the Libyan Revolution

September 21, 2011

You can’t leave the house these days without hearing news about Libyan rebels or Moammar Gadhafi’s disappearance. Nearly every headline reads of revolution in the streets, but few mention the effects of this revolution on the other side of the curb; in the classroom.


As you would expect, a country controlled by a self-absorbed dictator is bound to have a biased education system. So, as Gadhafi’s reign continues to crumble, a revolution in the classroom in inevitable. And according to this article in The Guardian, a change has already come. Teachers have begun teaching new material not covered in the previously universal textbook entitled “The Mind of Gadhafi,” and as for the students, 10-year-old Mofida Abdul-Hakim exclaimed in the article that “‘I am happy because the frizzhead has run away,’ , using a popular insult for the curly-haired Gadhafi.'”


When your country rids itself from decades of tyrannical leadership, such change is inevitably welcomed. Here in the U.S., while our economic woes are enough to stir turmoil on the news wire, it’s not enough to incite revolution in the classroom. And rightfully so…for the time being. But it has become apparent that the long-term “success” of this country hinges upon rehabilitating our education system, especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.


Perhaps we should consider overhauling our entire education system as well. They Libyan’s have no other choice. Pretty soon, maybe neither will we.


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