That’ll teach ’em … or not.
Iran has banned English from elementary schools as a push back against perceived Western influence after protests against the regime in Tehran.
“Teaching English in government and non-government primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations,” state-run high education council leader Mehdi Navid-Adham said.
“The assumption is that in primary education the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid.”
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English instruction normally starts in middle school for most Iranians, and it was unclear whether a ban on primary schools would have any other impact on the country.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has previously lambasted the spread of English to younger students, though the language has persisted as citizens in the Islamic Republic use it to connect to the international community in academia, business and other fields.
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Though there was no mention of protests in the English ban, Khamenei has also recently blasted foreign influence that he claimed was behind the biggest anti-government movement the country had seen since 2009.
The demonstrations, which saw more than 20 people killed in clashes with police, focused on economic difficulties. Government officials declared them over after a wave of pro-regime gatherings in response this past week.
Khamenei said during the violence that “cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus” were being used by foreign enemies of himself and reformer president Hassan Rouhani, though one of the most prominent examples of Western response was President Trump’s Twitter account.
Trump repeatedly posted about the protests, saying that citizens were “hungry for food & for freedom.”
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who called a meeting of the international body over the demonstrations, said that labeling the Iranian leaders protests foreign-backed was “dishonest.”
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