They are their own mirrored twins, secular despotism and religious fascism. The reblogged article dates from October 10, 2013. –jso

We broke the fear in Syria.

Syrian students in Damascus arrive for the first day of school. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro) Syrian students in Damascus arrive for the first day of school. (AFP Photo/Anwar Amro)

A personal account of Baathist and Islamic indoctrination in Syria’s schools

Mine was not a normal childhood with clean schools, happy classrooms and unbiased education. But like ninety percent or more of Syria’s students, my personal education experience in Damascus was very similar to a military camp experience spent in soviet-style buildings that felt like prisons! Indeed, we were prisoners inside our classrooms. But our prison-guards had agendas that at their heart were irreconcilable, and seem to have been united only in their belief that we, the embodiments of the future and its true heirs, needed to be subjugated.

Growing up under the Baath Party system, all that we really learned was how to obey the authorities, because they were in control of every aspect of our lives. We were not treated as individuals with unique personalities…

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