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The first indicator of what a Saddam-free education will look like is arriving this month, as millions of newly revised textbooks roll off the printing presses to be distributed to Iraq’s 5.5 million schoolchildren in 16,000 schools. All 563 texts were heavily edited and revised over the summer by a team of US-appointed Iraqi educators. Every image of Saddam and the Baath Party has been removed.
But so has much more – including most of modern history. Pressured for time, and hoping to avoid political controversy, the Ministry of Education under the US-led coalition government removed any content considered “controversial,” including the 1991 Gulf War; the Iran-Iraq war; and all references to Israelis, Americans, or Kurds.
“Entire swaths of 20th-century history have been deleted,” says Bill Evers, a US Defense Department employee, and one of three American advisers to the Ministry of Education.