Educators of the Mediterranean… …Up Close and Personal: by Ronald G. Sultana (auth.), Ronald G. Sultana (eds.)

By Ronald G. Sultana (auth.), Ronald G. Sultana (eds.)

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According to Freire, the banking educational system is characterized by the existence of two poles in the educational process: the teacher and the student. The teacher’s main role is to deposit information in the minds of the students, who themselves become the depositories. 72). 72). In other words, the mere transmission of information does not necessarily ensure learning. Another author who deals particularly with education in the Arab World and whose work is relevant to understanding the situation of the educational apparatus in Syria is the Palestinian scholar Munir Fasheh.

The public school system in Lebanon is inferior to the private system in terms of size, quality, and efficiency. One unusual feature of the educational system in Lebanon is that the private school system accommodates the majority of students (60% compared to 40% for public school system). The general perception, supported by evidence from international comparative studies, continues to be that the quality of education is much better in 26 LEBANON—PRAXIS AND EMANCIPATION IN AN OLD CULTURE private schools than public schools because of the relatively superior quality of human and material resources in private schools on one hand, and the inefficient and bureaucratic public education system on the other hand.

A few months before the September 11th attacks, full of enthusiasm, hope, and confidence. My move to study in the United States did not initially carry any surprises in terms of educational expectations and social changes. I was mentally prepared for the new experience and was mostly excited about the opportunities it could provide. My initial longing to my home and family was assuaged, first, by my determination to succeed and, second, by my ability to create my own little world of study and study alone.

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