4.08.2009

"We are raising another generation of children who identify themselves with their communities and not their nation."

The dangers of history in Lebanon:
In Lebanon, children are not taught modern history because adults cannot agree on it.

Even the country's ancient history is a thorny issue here.

There are dozens of the government-approved history textbooks that offer different takes on the past.

Depending on their religious affiliation, schools can choose books that describe the French as colonialists or liberators and portray the Ottomans as conquerors or as administrators.

While Christian schools tend to focus more heavily on the Phoenician past, which the Christian community here identifies with, the Muslim schools teach more about Lebanon under the Arabs.

But when it comes to contemporary times, in schools across Lebanon history simply comes to a halt.