Education scientist and head of the Department of Education at Boğaziçi University, Fatma Gök evaluated these statements. Ekin Karaca wrote for Bianet:
"Religious Generation versus Liberal Education?“We will raise a religious generation” was the statement of PM Erdoğan made last week. Prof Fatma Gök assessed this much disputed statement for bianet. She said that the republican ideology as well as the AKP saw education as a tool to raise certain generations.
Istanbul - BİA News Center
08 February 2012, Wednesday
The Head of the Boğaziçi University Faculty of Education, Prof Fatma Gök, said in a statement made to bianet that she found the prime minister's speech utterly grave.
'Education is the most important device for ideology'Gök said that they analyzed the situation as education scientists and by problematizing the result they worked on how to create a more liberal education. Gök reminded that the prime minister did not feel the need to consider these aspects but openly announced, 'We are going to raise a religious generation'.
The education expert pointed to many schools of thoughts world-wide that contemplated the up-bringing of people in an educational framework. According to Gök, the prime minister adopted one school out of all these schools of thought that he saw as a tool to change the manner of education.
Gök [...] referred to Louis Althusser to define the general functions of education in capitalist societies: 'Education is the most important device of ideology of a society'.
All governments wanted to shape education according to how they wanted to raise the people but they could not say it openly, the academic claimed.
'Education happens at a point where the society and the individual are merging. Therefore, the people in power try to shape education', Gök argued.
'Republican ideology of national education is the same'
Gök underlined that no regime wanted to leave school and education alone. In her opinion, the term 'raising a generation' described the same situation in both the 89-year national education ideology and the AKP's education ideology.
Fatma Gök stressed the difficult issue of realizing education that was purified of any ideologies. Therefore, people in Turkey had to pursue a society with a more balanced ratio between the economic capital and the social and cultural capital, she propounded.
'Education free of any ideologies is the dream of some liberal pedagogues'."
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For a critique of Erdoğan's mentality compared with Kemalism, please see Galatasaray University professor and GİT - Türkiye member Ahmet İnsel's column in Turkish: