New Math in Iraqi Schools: Saddam = x

HARD LESSONS: Iraqi school kids found it hard to ignore Saddam

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Reared on paeans to Saddam Hussein and forced to chant "Long live Saddam" whenever a teacher strode into the room, Iraqi kids are in for some changes at school. Now, the Coalition Provisional Authority governing Iraq has ordered that the country's textbooks be stripped of pro-Saddam propaganda. Iraqi Education Ministry officials can't rewrite everything before school starts in September, but they're fixing what they can. Some items slated for pruning:

Exercises like this, from a sixth-grade Arabic textbook: "Add not to the following sentence: 'The Iranians are brave.'"

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