May 20, 2010 Leave a comment
Following are the pages from the copy of a Fifth Grader at Wonderland Grammar School, a private school. This child has no idea of punctuation while writing and can’t even read English of First and Second Grade. I believe that he along with his class-fellows don’t know who were Ahmed Shah Durrani, Shah Waliullah, Syed Jamaluddin Afghani, Ghaznavi and Ghori rulers and what does it mean by a Muslim Republic. He just started coming to my daughter to seek tuition and today I got a chance to look at his Social Studies notebook. I was shocked to see the questions that he has been given to memorize. Some of them are as follows:
1) By whom were the Ghaznavis over throw? 2) Who succeeded in establishing a strong Mughals empire in India? 3) On whom and when did the Mughals over power? 4) Who called Ahmed Shah Durrani? 5) What were the reasons of the war of independence 1857? 6) What were the reason of the down fall of Muslims? 7) When was the India National Congress founded? 8) What is two nation theory? 9) What do you understand by the parallel of latitude and longitude? 10) Why are the Manchar and Kinjhar lakes attrative? 11) What are the factors which cause difference in the climate of the various parts of a country?
The answer for Q#8 in his copy is, “Although Muslim and Hindus were lived together for thousand of years but their way of living and things is quiet different fro each other. Sir Syed used the word two nation for both the nation and produce two nation theory (no punctuation).
The answer for Q#9 is, “These lines run from East to West and are called the Parallels or latitudes. Such imaginary lines also run from North to South. These lines are called longitude or Meridians.
The answer for Q#6 is, “After the death of Aurangzeb the conflict between the two nation became strong Shah Waliullah gave call for Islam. He appealed to Ahmed Shah Durarani to save Muslim from Marhattas he save muslims but he did not rule over India and returned to Afghanistan. Muslim weakness were the cause of their down fall.
I asked him many questions which he couldn’t answer. Finally, I pointed at the picture of Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal and Ms. Fatima Jinnah and asked him their names and what did they do? He answered, “Quaid-e-Azam was the founder of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal was the leader of India and Fatima Jinnah was the wife of Quaid-e-Azam.” I corrected him. The other boy sitting next to him, goes to Mrs. Tehseen’s Learning School (one of the most expensive school in our area) said, “she must be the mother of Quaid-e-Azam because she is too old to be the youngest sister.”
If I recall my memory, from my schooling days till now, all we teach and learn in Social Studies or Pakistan Studies are 1) the word “DOWNFALL” and 2) the reason of launching wars against non-Muslims or the reasons of the failure of Muslim dynasties. Why are Muslims discussed as a failure in Social/Pakistan Studies and to read about their glory, one has to wait for the Islamic period? Is this the right curriculum for elementary school?
While the non-Muslims call most of those eras remarkable. Bertrand Russell said, “Our use of the phrase ‘the Dark Ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe…From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. ”
Jared Diamond said, “Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. It invented windmills, trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after 1500’s did the net direction of flow begin to reverse.”
The point is that how can we expect a bright future from our children when we are now filling their minds with all the negative things about our glorious past? Who is responsible for all this mess? May be, the descendants of the feudal lords who received the title of “SIR” from their British Lords as a result of their loyalty against Muslims. OR now the current educated silent majority??????????