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    Does Education Breed Extremism?

     

    The very concept of education is related to attributes through which students are provided with the enlightenment that can help them distinguish between right and wrong. It provides them with the skill and the potential through which the can understand the dynamics according to which the society and world operates. However, in modern context education, according to a large majority, is being termed as a euphemism that is considered synonymous to extremism. Apparently, the application and use of both these terms are completely different from each other. Education is used as a tool to build a nation and its generations, whereas, the phenomenon of extremism has only inflicted pain, destruction and obliteration on the world, resulting in loss of millions of innocent lives including women and children.
    There are a couple of reasons due to which this notion, in contemporary times has gained increased popularity and these causes need to be understood in order to develop a transparent approach towards the situation. One of the ways through which this notion can be explained is by analyzing the global scenario of the world and the modifications it went through in the post 9/11 world. The fall of the twin towers led to increased radicalization and proliferation of political and military strategies that mainly targeted the faith and religious affiliations of people.

    The US government made the event a tool in order to inculcate hate and use it as a pedestal to initiate and intensify their military operations and objectives around the world, in which Afghanistan and Iraq became their primary targets. Using its highly sophisticated and state of the art technological base the superpowers of the world gathered on a single platform to malign, defame and stereotype a specific group of people through the tools of online learning and education that made every turban wearing man a terrorist and even man with a beard a suicide bomber.
    As a retaliatory measure, countries that stood as victims of such military oppression began to mobilize their available resources through which they capitalized on the element of anti-Americanism to teach their students about the atrocities that these countries have committed in the name of liberating people from repression and persecution. In many of the developing Asian countries textbooks and literature was published that from the very first lesson was based on the depiction of education in a myopic manner and perspective. The most appalling fact remains that all of this is still being taught to young children in schools. The system of education is spoon feeding creatures that they know will only develop into Frankenstein or suicide bombers.
    It is interesting to note here that it is only through the tool of education and its proper and effective utilization that can help in combating and curbing the level of extremism in any society. This extremism prevails on either end, irrespective of the development scale and progress ratio of a country. Countries of the West use it as means to promote xenophobia among their own people by integrating certain defaming stereotypes, and other countries that use it as a retaliatory measure of using the same tool of education to prepare walking and talking bombs to attack their self-claimed enemies. This can only be achieved through concrete and cohesive formulation of educational policies on state levels through which they make an effort that can curb such practices on the whole.

     

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    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB124398534971279197

     

    http://marpasha.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/combatting-extremism-through-education/

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