Turkey Lurches To One-Man Rule. @aykan_erdemir, @FollowFDD. Malcolm Hoenlein, @Conf_of_Pres.

Nov 19, 2016, 09:00 PM

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Turkey Lurches To One-Man Rule. @aykanerdemir, @FollowFDD. Malcolm Hoenlein, @Confof_Pres.

“…Turkey has been under a nationwide state of emergency since the abortive coup of July 15 – a situation the AKP government has taken full advantage of to defy student demands. The Ministry of Education used the opportunity to implement a controversial plan to reshuffle all teachers after eight years at a given school, and replaced over 1,000 experienced instructors at project schools. A similar purge has struck the universities over the last two months, as the government expelled more than 3,500 academics. The AKP’s dramatic changes to secondary and post-secondary education are part of its efforts to redesign Turkey’s secular education system through aggressive interference in public schools. Given Erdogan’s previous attempts to remake Turkish society in his own religious-conservative image, this one could well succeed as well. Such a reckless policy would not only undermine the country’s human capital and economic potential, but represent yet another milestone in Ankara’s long, unfortunate drift from Western values. Aykan Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish parliament and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Yagmur Menzilcioglu is an intern. Follow Aykan on Twitter @aykan_erdemir - See more at: http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/dr-aykan-erdemir-erdogans-new-target-secular-education/#sthash.O1jJRMEH.dpuf