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Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice

Authors

Laura Fokkena

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Abstract

This essay explores the ways in which Egypt's education system perpetuates inequality. Contrary to the popular notion that any amount of schooling – regardless of quality – will be beneficial to impoverished children, Egypt's experience suggests that the struggle to keep students engaged in low-quality schools contributes to corruption, unemployment, socioeconomic inequities, and other conditions that create a favorable climate for Islamist movements to thrive. Two Egyptian films, both released before the country's 2011 revolution, are reviewed in light of their respective takes on the inability of public schools to serve as a vehicle for social mobility in Cairo.

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