April 26, 2004
Computers != Progress
Here’s a Wired story about the inclusion of computer technology in traditional Muslim schools called madrasas. Yet… they’re still missing… something.
[quote]Subjects like math, English and general sciences are not taught here.[/quote]
Lack of math just might put a damper on some future plans.
[quote]Fifteen-year-old Amjad Shahzad said he wants to become a software engineer. His friends in the room talked about similar professions.[/quote]
When asked why such subjects were not taught, one principal responded:
[quote]”Islamic studies is a vast subject in itself… How will the students find time for other things?”[/quote]
Yeah, I bet it’s hard to squeeze a little trigonometry into an 8 year program of memorizing the Koran. At least they’ve got their priorities. 🙄