Journalist David Montero discusses the decrepit Pakistani public education system, which is failing over 60 million youth. And it’s not just poor infrastructure and corruption that plagues the system; the nation’s textbooks have been fomenting a hardened Islamo-nationalism. That’s not to say that Pakistan’s public schools produce militants. It goes without saying that most Pakistanis, especially Pakistan’s poor, are tolerant and good people. Instead, the country’s textbooks provided the ideological narrative that allows Islamic radicalism to flourish and gain currency:

“[T]he textbooks still include passages like these: “For the past three centuries the Europeans have been working to subjugate the countries of the Muslim world” and “The Christians and Europeans were not happy to see the Muslims flourishing in life. They were always looking for opportunities to take possession of territories under the Muslims.””

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