“America used the school to create a melting pot; we used it to reinforce sectarian identity at the expense of the national identity,”
said Nemer Frayha, the former director of the Education Center for Research and Development, a research organization that develops Lebanon’s curriculum.
“From the start, I am forming the student as a sectarian person, not as a citizen. And what’s worse is that the people who are encouraging this are the intellectuals themselves.”
The young are doomed to repeat the past. Contemporary history is fed by families, passed on in the streets or handed down by political leaders with agendas.
Is history in Lebanon cyclical, helical, spiral, rectilinear or simply a big pile of horse shit?