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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children 981

mpicpp sends this news from CNN: In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy. Instead, they'll be subjected to the teachings of the radical Islamist group. And any teacher who dares to break the rules "will be punished." ISIS revealed its new educational demands in fliers posted on billboards and on street poles. The Sunni militant group has captured a slew of Syrian and Iraqi cities in recent months as it tries to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state, spanning Sunni parts of both countries. Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry "are due to Allah's rules and laws." Update: 09/18 16:26 GMT by S : CNN has pulled the story over "concerns about the interpretation of the information provided." They promise to update it when they get the facts straight.
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

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  • by schlachter ( 862210 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:45AM (#47927489)

    This certainly will make it difficult for them to pose a long term threat to anyone. A society that doesn't allow math won't last long.

    • by TheCarp ( 96830 ) <sjc AT carpanet DOT net> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:51AM (#47927593) Homepage

      Well as a closed system maybe but, if your "society" is being propped up via funding and arms, and you have no need to actually produce anything yourself or even produce engineers at all, then it isn't as much of a problem.

      That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

      If we let them provoke us though, then they will likely feed off that and use our involvement to deflect criticism away from their own otherwise self-defeating brutality.

      • by mrchaotica ( 681592 ) * on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:13PM (#47928029)

        if your "society" is being propped up via funding and arms, and you have no need to actually produce anything yourself or even produce engineers at all, then it isn't as much of a problem.

        Math isn't just used by engineers; it's also needed to operate pretty much any business -- even low-tech ones. Even a damn goat-herder needs to be able to multiply, assuming he wants to be able to sell X goats for $Y each, and end up with the correct number of $ afterwards!

      • by cyberchondriac ( 456626 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:21PM (#47928159) Journal

        That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

        Not from any evidence I've ever seen. No larger power had given them any attention for the past year, and their numbers, financial resources, and power swelled unchecked; they only become a greater threat with time. You cannot ignore them and make them go away, it doesn't work like that. One defector stated their long term goals include taking over the mideast, followed by Europe, and eventually, the entire globe. That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).
        Granted, however, that this war will be lose-lose, because no matter what the western powers do, they will be decried in every form imaginable. But there is no choice. There is no logic where such a fanatical religion has taken root.

        • by TheCarp ( 96830 ) <sjc AT carpanet DOT net> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:25PM (#47928213) Homepage

          I take it your "evidence" is watching the news:
          http://belfercenter.ksg.harvar... [harvard.edu]

          The key variable for FTO success is a tactical one: target selection. Terrorist groups whose attacks on civilian targets outnumber attacks on military targets do not tend to achieve their policy objectives, regardless of their nature. Contrary to the prevailing view that terrorism is an effective means of political coercion, the universe of cases suggests that, first, contemporary terrorist groups rarely achieve their policy objectives and, second, the poor success rate is inherent to the tactic of terrorism itself.

          • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @03:38PM (#47930639) Homepage

            I think you need to distinguish between terrorism and reign of terror. Hit-and-run bombings like the IRA or ETA rarely succeed in people giving in to terror. Taking actual control of areas, waving the flags and killing off all that oppose you has a much better historical record, ask anyone from Pol Pot to Hitler and Lenin and Mao. In case you haven't noticed, they're using their brutal savagery primarily to quell resistance and internal dissent. The story they're selling is that they're too fucking crazy to pick a fight with and so far they seem more than willing to put that reputation to the test and post it on YouTube.

            I mean, would you like to be in a resistance movement inside IS territory? Do they care that they can't find you? Heck no, they'll just round up a few civilians and shoot them in retaliation for your sabotage/assassination/sedition. Far more civilized occupants have used that tactic, all those millions of people they control are in practice hostages. You're fighting an enemy willing to overreact to any provocation, give them a push and you won't get a shove back they'll beat you to a bloody pulp. And given their history so far, I don't think they have a problem with human shields. You can not excise them without massive civilian casualties. Sadly I give them much better odds than you predict.

        • by Princeofcups ( 150855 ) <john@princeofcups.com> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @01:07PM (#47928867) Homepage

          That obviously can't happen because they've ignorantly shunned the sciences, but it could take a whole 'nother generation or two before that lack of knowledge really takes its toll (if they're left unchecked in the meantime).

          No silly rabbit. The people they rule are not allowed to have any learning. This is nothing more than a return to society a couple hundred years ago. The leaders will still have "western style" educations. That's how they stay in control.

        • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @01:13PM (#47928935)

          They are playing a rather dangerous game. Remember that the US or Europe could squish them with ease, militarily - if we had to, it wouldn't be hard to nuke the whole region. There are only two reasons this isn't being done: It'd be expensive, and it's mean very large numbers of civilian deaths which would be politically problematic. This situation persists only because they aren't a major threat: The moment they actually become a danger to the continued existance of the US or any major European power they'd be crushed without regard to how much it costs or how many people would die. Remember that as recently as WWII even the allies - the 'good guys' - considered carpet-bombing cities to be perfectly justifiable. During the cold war the US has missiles poised to kill tens of millions at a moment's notice, if they ever needed to.

          ISIS can only survive so long as they are powerful enough to dominate the region, but not powerful enough to invoke an unrestrained defensive action from the western powers. Like North Korea: The crazed dictator can brag all he wants about his military supremacy, but he doesn't have it, and that makes him too expensive to invade. if NK ever managed to actually detonate a nuclear bomb even China wouldn't hestitate to march in and take over. I think they'd be glad of the excuse, really.

      • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:57PM (#47928741) Journal

        You underestimate the power of radical ideologies. While what they appear to be doing is self defeating, it really isn't. It draws in those people who need an identity. People said similar things about Nazi's (yeah I just Godwined the conversation). The one thing Nazi's had, that ISIS doesn't is government. But in today's age, being nebulous, decentralized is an asset, like Hydra (cut off one head two more takes its place). We killed off OBL, but he wasn't really running things when we did, and Taliban and Al Qaeda still remain. And even if they didn't, the people in those organizations just change their name, and regroup. This is the same tactic used by most counter culture politics.

        The only effective tactic we have at this time is to target and kill the leadership, until the organization crumbles from lack of leaders. We don't need a standing army to do this, just Letters of Marque.

      • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @01:46PM (#47929365)

        That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

        Normally that'd be the case. Their policies cripple their own society while competing societies flourish, until they eventually consign themselves to irrelevance.

        However, they're simply executing anyone who opposes them. For their tactic to be self-defeating, there has to be a competing society in the first place. People in the West tend to assume that the only way to "win" (in the democratic sense) is to convince people of the merits of your philosophy and get them to support you until you have a political majority. However, there's another way - simply exterminate those who oppose you, which is what ISIS is doing. Both strategies result in you having the support of the majority of the (remaining) population.

        Not opposing them now is going to mean the overwhelming majority of survivors in the region will subscribe to their philosophy. Even if you defeat them later and install a democracy, they're just going to vote for something close to ISIS again because everyone who would've voted differently is dead.. This is one of those cases where failing to stop them quickly is going to result in decades if not a century or more of problems down the road.

    • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:52AM (#47927607) Homepage Journal

      I don't know. Violent anti-intellectualism has a tendency to create shitty, miserable societies, but has more than enough historical precedent at lasting at least a few generations at some points in some societies' histories. Ancient China had bouts of it, so did Rome, and neither crashed as a direct result.

      (It's obvious and you don't need to point out that ancient societies aren't modern societies, and the requirements for both are different). I'm just contesting the universality of the specific claim "A society that doesn't allow math won't last long."

    • by O('_')O_Bush ( 1162487 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:53AM (#47927633)
      "Won't last long"

      On the decades to hundreds of years scale, sure. Their policy will probably work for their (short) foreseeable future.
    • by DarkOx ( 621550 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:54AM (#47927643) Journal

      Which is exactly why we should 'STOP' fighting them. If we want to see an end to militant Islam we ought to let ISIS have their run of things for a while. I am sure after a couple decades of ISIS rule the only holy war any Muslim will ever sign up to fight again will be against these 12th century throw backs!

      • Even better, let them take over a couple of states for a while. Once they destroy the population the threat will be neutralized.
        • by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @01:22PM (#47929073)

          They won't destroy the population, they'll just subjugate it. That's what authoritarian regimes do. Stalin killed millions of people in his great purge during and after WWII, but it's not like the Soviet Union suddenly collapsed due to lack of people. And the Soviet Union lasted for many decades.

          What works in dealing with these things is to wall them off and ignore them, and arming neighboring regions to create a buffer zone.

      • by BravoZuluM ( 232200 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:05PM (#47927869)

        I'd love to let them have the run of things for a while, except they insist on flying planes into our buildings and beheading children. No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

        • by Scottingham ( 2036128 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:12PM (#47928005)
          For every one you kill two will take their place. Your philosophy breeds terrorism instead of extinguishing it.

          How has that approach been working out for Israel? Thought so.
          • by PvtVoid ( 1252388 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:27PM (#47928267)

            For every one you kill two will take their place. Your philosophy breeds terrorism instead of extinguishing it.

            Which is a total win-win:

            - We'll have a thriving Defense Industry in the US, and lots of corporate fat-cats will get rich.
            - We'll have lots of military employment opportunities for young impoverished rural Americans. The ones that survive can be shunted off into sub-standard medical and psychiatric care, and will end up homeless or dead in a cost-effective way.
            - We'll make sure the corrupt, dissolute fucktards in charge of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Kuwait are so scared of the creations of their own madrassas that they don't dare interrupt our oil supply.
            - There will be a cheap and easy path to election for bigoted, paranoid demagogues to get elected with rancid Islamophobic propaganda.

            I mean, what's not to like?

        • by TubeSteak ( 669689 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:41PM (#47928517) Journal

          I'd love to let them have the run of things for a while, except they insist on flying planes into our buildings and beheading children.

          With that logic, we should go to war with our ally Saudi Arabia as well.
          Saudi nationals have flown more planes into buildings than ISIS.
          The Saudi Government has beheaded more people than ISIS.
          (Though ISIS seems to be trying to catch up)

          No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

          The language of dehumanization is ugly.
          I'm glad that Western governments have abandoned it as a propaganda tool.
          I can only hope that some of the less evolved citizens of the West will abandon it as well.

        • by DarkOx ( 621550 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @01:16PM (#47928991) Journal

          Do you really think if expended even 1/4 the amount of resources we invest in the middle east on controlling our boards they'd have the slightest chance of being able to pull off another attack like that?

          I don't.

          We could be opening every shipping container unloading , inspecting every truck, doing background checks on every inbound traveler, before admitting them and probably save tons in both blood and treasure. It would be far more effective at controlling the risk and threat of terror.

          I'll admit I bought into the "we have to fight them over there..." rhetoric when Bush fed us those lines too. I know better know. I think Obama is probably the worst president of this nation has had post WWII and am still glad we did not elect McCain.

          We also need to "get real" about the seriousness of the problem. 9/11 was shocking but it was a one time event they have not been able to repeat. Its hard to say for sure with all the crazy government secrecy but the evidence that is out there suggests it has not been the security apparatus that has prevented a repeat but rather the extremists own inability develop the assets here will the skill sets required to execute a successful attack. Statistically you about as likely to die falling out of bed as you are from some kind of terrorism connected event.

          Considering just the lives we have "invested" in this fight we could suffer at least more several 9/11s before it will have made any kind of economic sense.

          Considering the dollars, I can't find many good numbers because its hard to separate the economic costs associated with the attack from the costs we incurred in our war runup/execution. I'd be they could crash lots of jets into lots of towers with all the economic knockon effects there in before it come close though to the wealth we have thrown away in the middle east.

        • by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @02:06PM (#47929603)

          No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

          Congratulations, you thought of the same strategy as them.

      • by meta-monkey ( 321000 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:09PM (#47927947) Journal

        We can't trade with such people. Hell, if they don't even allow math we can't even keep ledgers. So they would still blame western governments for imposing sanctions.

        To be honest, it seems like the best solution, is, as you say, stop fighting them. All we ever wind up doing is accidentally killing a bunch of civilians and breeding more jihadis. You guys want a caliphate? Fine. Knock yourselves out. We'll be over here with our blackjack and hookers.

        The only problem is we still need their damn oil. Please, Elon Musk, save us from dependence on these assholes' oil. The sooner we can find a replacement for middle eastern oil and/or their oil runs out, the better.

        • by butalearner ( 1235200 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @03:30PM (#47930559)

          The only problem is we still need their damn oil. Please, Elon Musk, save us from dependence on these assholes' oil. The sooner we can find a replacement for middle eastern oil and/or their oil runs out, the better.

          Just to give some numbers, here is where we (the U.S.) got our oil in 2013:

          U.S.: 2,720 million barrels
          Canada: 1,147 million barrels
          Saudi Arabia: 485 million barrels (OPEC)
          Mexico: 335 million barrels
          Venezuela: 294 million barrels (OPEC)
          Russia: 168 million barrels
          Columbia: 142 million barrels
          Iraq: 124 million barrels (OPEC)
          Kuwait: 119 million barrels (OPEC)
          Nigeria: 103 million barrels (OPEC)
          Ecuador: 86 million barrels (OPEC)
          Angola: 79 million barrels (OPEC)
          Brazil: 55 million barrels
          U.K.: 54 million barrels
          Other OPEC: 67 million barrels
          Other non-OPEC: 338 million barrels

          Ignoring the type of oil (pretty sure we're exporting natural gas like a fiend right now due to fracking), we need to cut 21% to get away from OPEC altogether, or 12% just to get away from the Middle East. In the U.S., 47% of oil goes to gasoline, 20% to diesel and other fuel oil, 13% to liquefied petroleum gases like propane and such, and 8% for jet fuel. All this info is from eia.gov, by the way.

          So it while it is still an enormous problem, it's not insurmountable. In fact, it's inevitable. We won't go cold turkey, but we will almost certainly keep chipping away at that deficit with continued efficiency improvements on cars and other vehicles, growing emphasis placed on fuel efficiency, and continued improvements in domestic oil production and refining. Ideally the cleaner improvements will come fast enough that we don't have to rely on the latter, but it'll happen sooner or later.

    • by cellocgw ( 617879 ) <cellocgw@gm[ ].com ['ail' in gap]> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:01PM (#47927781) Journal

      A society that doesn't allow math won't last long.

      But on the bright side, they won't know how long they lasted.

    • by jd.schmidt ( 919212 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:01PM (#47927783)
      Many people in the mid east are actually pretty proud of their history in math and put a high value in it. ISIS is in on the way out already if they try this, if not every parent, MANY parents will now see ISIS for how backwards they really are.
    • by njnnja ( 2833511 )

      I'm sure the children^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsons of the ruling class are getting plenty of instruction in disciplines of military value. They will be able to buy weapons from more advanced nations with money obtained from oil sales and ransoms. It is only the ruled who will be kept ignorant so that they are easier to control. Therefore it is likely that they will last a great while, unless a greater military force (most likely external) finds it in its own best interest to overthrow them.

  • by damn_registrars ( 1103043 ) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:45AM (#47927495) Homepage Journal
    ... sounds like the GOP in the US.

    Yeah, I know that slashdot's overwhelming conservative majority will mod this comment down into oblivion in retaliation, but that doesn't make it untrue.
    • by O('_')O_Bush ( 1162487 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:51AM (#47927591)
      PSH, more than a little exaggeration. If they banned math, how would they know how to evade taxes?
    • by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:57AM (#47927685) Homepage Journal

      1. As a liberal-as-fuck liberalite, libby lib, there is no malevolent conservative slashdot majority. This exists in your head and in your head alone. I post my totally correct liberal positions all the time, and only get modded down when I overly challenge people on specific subjects like misogyny.
      2. While anti-intellectualism is a hallmark of the modern republican party, don't they don't even remotely compare in severity to paramilitary mostly uneducated third world anti-intellectuals.
      3. Whether you're modded down or not, your statement is untrue on its own merits.

      • by Fwipp ( 1473271 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:05PM (#47927879)

        Slashdot isn't conservative so much as it is libertarian. Which is basically conservatism that wants to maintain the quo socially, (except with fewer rules for them to follow, because freedom) instead of returning to the 1950's. Which is why you still see the misogynists and racists pop out on any thread that mentions women or anyone who's not white.

        They share tenets with conservatives, mostly financially, but hate the way mainstream conservatives act (on account of GOP hypocrisy and their regressive social values).

  • by Firethorn ( 177587 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:48AM (#47927543) Homepage Journal

    Okay, I'm not a Muslim, nor am I an expert. I've been over in majority Islamic countries a few times though and had a few 'cultural appreciation' lessons.

    Isis is violating a good amount of Islamic teachings with this ban.

    Though I can't see how they're still allowed to teach chemistry(even if they have to say it's due to Allah's rules and law) if they're not allowed to teach math, so it might be an error in the article. Math may have been de-emphasized against teaching their propaganda.

    • by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:52AM (#47927603)

      Isis is violating a good amount of Islamic teachings with this ban.

      Considering that they are not Muslims but f***ing bastards, that doesn't come unexpected. I mean they are so bad that Al'Quaeda calls them barbaric.

      • by TheCarp ( 96830 )

        > I mean they are so bad that Al'Quaeda calls them barbaric.

        This is an important point. Now I am not expert but, even I have seen stories, old stories, from back when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were new, even back then there was intelligence chatter showing internal divides within Al Queda, even debates as to whether their own terrorist strategies are even effective in the first place.

        and there really is some evidence that they are not, and the more barbaric they are, the less effective they are. I

    • Certainly, when you look at the role of Islamic scholars in developing, say, Algebra, it seems like a pretty awful departure from some aspects of history. Of course, history is full of many things, and the Qoran is full of many things, and can be used to justify many things. (You can, for instance, make a pretty solid argument that the Qoran is a lot more progressive with regard to women's rights than other monotheistic religious texts... but certainly this hasn't been playing out in implementation this cen

  • US is next? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by guruevi ( 827432 ) <evi@noSpaM.smokingcube.be> on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:51AM (#47927583) Homepage

    This is what happens when you let the religious right run a country. Doesn't matter whether they're Islamic, Christian or something else.

    • by sinij ( 911942 )
      Exactly. Opposing scientific principle and results, be it climate science, evolution, or math are all different degrees of the same folly.
    • by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:47PM (#47928601)

      Because if it is, you need to pull your head out of your ass and go and do some extremely basic, cursory, research on the situation in the US. There are for sure some loud fundy Christian that like to whine about science, evolution in particular. However they have had little and less success in pushing their agenda and the US remains a powerful center of scientific research.

      Trying to equate the US to ISIS is beyond stupid.

  • Of course they do (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Lucas123 ( 935744 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:51AM (#47927585) Homepage
    When people learn critical thinking skills, they tend to automatically dismiss ignorant, hate-centered dogmas.
  • by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:51AM (#47927589) Homepage Journal

    First of all is anyone shocked by this? Really people you think this is news? I mean next you tell me that Sun is hot.
    Second this needs to be put under the politics category.

    I hide Politics on Slashdot so I do not have too see this kind of story.
    It is not that I am not interested in political news, the reason is that the quality of comments and editing on anything political on Slashdot is so bad.

    If you disagree on the quality that is fine but Slashdot let's the users hide categories for a reason. Helpful hint editors while it does not apply to this story if the word Republican or Democrat are in the title it is politics.

  • Cue the Bozos (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:57AM (#47927693)
    Cue the bozos, who, due to Slashdot hivemind, are now required to post "So, exactly like the USA!"

    ...and no, I'm not American.
  • by tekrat ( 242117 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @11:58AM (#47927713) Homepage Journal

    They don't want the kids to learn science or even mention things like evolution... Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?

    Why not then have chemistry class where two potentially explosive chemicals are mixed and the teacher tells the students "Don't worry, if your heart is pure and Allah is with you, it will not explode!"

    As Dr. Tyson says -- science is true whether you believe it or not. The explosion will happen no matter what you think of Allah.

    Allah doesn't protect *anyone* from a bomb or a bullet. So, what exactly is the point of learning about him/it, instead of learning math, which is actually a useful subject?

    The moment you ban teaching something, it's usually because it's pretty easy to prove what bullshit your particular religion is, whether it be Christian or Muslim.

    Texas Republicans don't seem to be any better, BTW.

  • by Vitriol+Angst ( 458300 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:00PM (#47927745)

    They stole the Texas curriculum plans and implemented them.
    I can't wait for the new educational ISIS program to show all students making 110% scores.

  • by Dega704 ( 1454673 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:34PM (#47928401)
    These guys are starting to make the Third Reich look sane and well adjusted.
  • Ironic, isn't it (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sgunhouse ( 1050564 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:43PM (#47928547)
    The name Algebra originally comes from Arabic, and likewise we owe the number zero to them. Fact is, they taught us the math of the ancient Greeks. And now they don't want it?
  • So... (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheBilgeRat ( 1629569 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @12:50PM (#47928649)
    Are they completely forgetting that the original Islamic caliphate was the most scientific state of its day? [wikipedia.org]
  • That's dumb (Score:4, Insightful)

    by davidwr ( 791652 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @02:45PM (#47930017) Homepage Journal

    You need math to aim your artillery.

  • CNN retracted (Score:5, Informative)

    by manu0601 ( 2221348 ) on Wednesday September 17, 2014 @10:32PM (#47933661)

    From TFA:

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained reporting about ISIS and education. CNN has concerns about the interpretation of the information provided and we will update the story when we can verify what is happening.

    The original story smelled odd: why would they have anything against maths? Banning history courses make sense when you perform propaganda, but maths?

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