Saturday, February 14, 2015

Turkish Education Protest Bria McDaniel February 14, 2015 2:24 pm

Protest have broken out in Turkey over the recent changes to their education system that will focus more on religion instead of a science based or secular curriculum. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increased the number of religious based classes and schools. People in support of this say that the President is trying to build a generation of people who are more devoted to their faith. People who are boycotting the schools, are choosing to go to science museums and lectures instead. The government has handled the protesters by using water cannons against thousands of its people.  So far ten of these protestors have been arrested. The protest has spread to five different Turkish cities.  
Education is one of the most powerful thing a person can have. In today's world education is not just a privilege or  a want, it is a necessity. The Turkish people are protesting for a more science based education because science is what is providing new middle class jobs, creating millionaires, driving economies and much more. These people might not want to denounce their faith, or go to those extremes, but they want the option to learn about the world through an lens unadulterated by zealous religious doctrines. In America, we believe in the separation of church and state. We believe that it is okay to have a particular faith, but we should not be allowed to force that onto a mass of people. I believe that the Turkish protesters want the same thing. Faith is not truly faith if someone forces you to believe in it. By saturating the students' education with religious views, the president will be counterproductive and actually dilute their faith.

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