ISIS terrorists in the extremist-held city of Mosul are taking their first steps into civic government management, and are set to usher in a new school year.
But this year will be different from years past: unlike those previous years, there will be no classes about history, literature, or Christianity. A new curriculum issued by ISIS announced that those have been “permanently annulled.” Also on banned, explicitly, was the theory of evolution, along with pictures in textbooks that offend their poor sensibilities.
However, instead of complying with ISIS’s self-inflicted brain trauma, Iraq’s second largest city has responded to the demands of the Sunni terrorists with silence. Students haven’t been attending class with regularity, and a large number of parents are keeping their children home out of mixed feelings of fear, resistance, and uncertainty.
Speaking under an assumed name, Mosul resident Abu Hassan told reporters:
“What’s important to us now is that the children continue receiving knowledge correctly, even if they lose a whole academic year and an official certification.”
Hassan added that he and his wife have opted for homeschooling, and picked up the required readings at the local market. Hassan also acknowledged there were risks in keeping the children home, but said that it was important to protect their minds:
“They will brainwash them and contaminate their thoughts.”
ISIS has been making slow in-roads into becoming an actual government; the group has been setting up courts, fixing roads, and even policing traffic. It recently established a curriculum in schools within its Syrian stronghold that reject subjects like philosophy and chemistry, and instead fine-tune sciences to fit with their ideology.
Does ISIS’s fundamentalist curriculum sound similar?
Is ISIS’s education program sounding familiar yet? It should, since curriculum sent to Mosul explicitly banned the theory of evolution despite the fact that it was never taught in Iraq schools to begin with. It also established strict gender separation in schools, with women teaching girls’ only schools and men teaching boy’s only schools.
Their statement, dated September 5, cheered:
“good news of the establishment of the Islamic State Education Diwan by the caliph who seeks to eliminate ignorance, to spread religious sciences and fight the decayed curriculum.”
Baghdadi also calls upon professionals in Iraq and abroad to “teach and serve the Muslims in order to improve people of the Islamic state in the fields of all religious and other sciences.”
The announcement also ends on a somber note, stating that “this announcement is binding” and “Anyone who acts against it will face punishment.”
Let’s see: gender segregated schools, a ban on evolution, tearing out pictures in textbooks that are deemed offensive, a ban on history, literature, and religions that are opposed them, and “fine-tuning” sciences to fit their warped ideology… Sound familiar?
And here I thought that the goal of people like Baghdadi was to reject the West, not embrace it. He better be careful; he’s going to give the right-wing Christians in this country Fatwa Envy: this everything that Texas, Louisiana, and other states have been trying to do to their education system for the last 10 years, if not longer.