Sunday, February 15, 2009


This statement is unexpectedly honest:

“In Palestinian schools, students are taught the so-called right answer to every question,” Mukhles Sowwan, who runs the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory at Al Quds University, said. “But real education is more about questions than answers. We need to teach our students how to think creatively and critically, and I hope Bard will help us with that.”

Here's the whole story on the attempt by Bard College and Al Quds University deciding to join forces at injecting American educational values and expertise into Palestinian society.

Sari Nusseibeh is quoted thus:

Mr. Nusseibeh is the scion of one of the most distinguished Palestinian families...A Palestinian nationalist, he speaks Hebrew and enjoys the company of Israelis, and he called Jewish roots in Jerusalem “existential and umbilical.”


Ayelet Survivor said...

I'm amazed he's still alive.

Suzanne Pomeranz said...

Interesting, too, that the president of Bard College is Leon Botstein, who is also Music Director & Conductor for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra!

YMedad said...

Music to my ears