Democracy Inside—and Outside—an Egyptian Classroom
As Egypt is once again roiled by conflict and regime change, Adam Herzig shares memories of teaching in a school near Cairo during the nation's 2011 revolution. The students' names in his Commentary are pseudonyms.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 , was a national holiday in Egypt, but for the 5th graders in my class there, it was less a celebration of National Police Day, which commemorated the deaths of 50 Egyptian police officers in 1952 in a standoff with British soldiers, than simply a day off. Even though a group of revolutionary youths had called for protests that day against President Hosni Mubarak and his regime, nothing too out of the ordinary was expected.
As a new teacher at the American International School in Egypt, I was a tad nervous, since I didn't know what to expect. I went to Tahrir Square and was blown away by what I found—so many passionate speakers with voices that I was...
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