The protests of high school students, Part III

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The writing on poster in English: “Be the voice, be the light!
Pertevniyal High School which has 145 years old history, as similar at other schools, it captures under cover “project school”. The pressure is increasing, the authorities are using every means avaliable for muting our voices. Friends: Be our voice, be our light!
All hail to those who don’t bow to pressure, and who fight for the light!”

Previous edit: The other two posts of mine about this subject:

Part I:
The protests of high school students against corrupt and non-scientific education system
Part II:
Those who are ready to turn their backs on the darkness

The protests of high school students of Turkey are continuing at full speed. Actually the word of “contunuing” is lack for this, the move of the high school students are growing like snowslide! Like the upper poster, the students are preparing many remarkable posters or notices. I couldn’t add all them in here, but if there are the ones into these high school students who want to see own notice or poster in here, they can make a comment below, I will try to add (Extraterrestrial promise:)). And, the high schools which published protest notice so far like following:

“Istanbul High School, Istanbul Galatasaray High School, Istanbul Cagaloglu Anatolian High School, Izmir Bornova Anatolian High School, Istanbul Vefa High School, Ankara Gazi Anatolian High School, Istanbul Kadıkoy Anatolian High School, Istanbul Beyoglu Anatolian High School, Izmir Cıglı Science High School, Istanbul Notre Dame de Sion High School, Istanbul Pertevniyal High School, Istanbul Besiktas Anatolian High School, Istanbul Bakırkoy Anatolian High School, Istanbul Italian High School, Samsun Anatolian High School, Istanbul Koc High School, Istanbul Kartaltepe Anatolian High School, Afyon High School, Samsun Social Sciences High School, Samsun Zeycan Yıldırım Science High School, Samsun Onur Ates Anatolian High School, Istanbul Korkmaz Yigit Anatolian High School, Istanbul Besiktas Physical Sciences High School, Ankara Ataturk Anatolian High School, Istanbul Beylikduzu Cahit Zarifoglu Anatolian High School, Istanbul Istek Bilge Kagan High School, Istanbul Rotary 100th Anniversary High School, Istanbul Istek Foundation Atanur Oguz High School, Istanbul Etiler Anatolian High School, Istanbul Erenkoy Girls High School, Eskisehir Kılıcoglu Anatolian High School, Eskisehir Seyitgazi Health Vocational High School, Izmir Cihat Kora Anatolian High School, Ankara Turk Telekom Social Science High School, Izmir Lieutenant Ali Riza Akinci Anatolian High School, Izmir Suzan Divrik Vocational Tech Anatolian High School, Izmir Karsiyaka Anatolian High School, Balikesir Ziraat Bank Science School, Istanbul Nisantasi Nuri Akin Anatolian High School, Istanbul Hisar High School,Bursa Zuhal Senipek Vocational and Tech High School, Istanbul Camlica Anatolian High School, Kirklareli Ataturk Anatolian High School, Kirklareli TOBB Anatolian High School, Istanbul Gurlek Nakipoğlu Anatolian High School, Denizli High School, Trabzon Science High School, Antalya Abdurrahman Alaattinoglu Anatolian High School, Antalya Umit Sercan Anatolian High School, Antalya Rıfat Azakoglu Vocational and Technical High School, Ordu Science High School, Ordu Persembe Zehra Selale Anatolian High School, Ordu Anatolian High School, Izmir Yusuf Kemalettin Perin Science High School, Izmir Mehmet Seyfi Eraltay Anatolian High School, Izmir Ataturk High School, Diyarbakir New Middle East Anatolian High School, Izmir Nevvar Salih Isgoren Vocational Tech Girls High School, Mersin Anatolian High School”

ps: If there are the schools which I missed out, you can make a comment for it.

From many city of Turkey, 59 high schools published the issue until yesterday. And yesterday one of them joined to protests. This school is Istanbul American Robert High School. Istanbul American Robert High School is the school which is accepting the students who take the best high score of tests at Turkey. This school is kind of a university by itself, as well as one of the best. If Istanbul American Robert High School has joined to the protests, it means that in Turkey, the education is ringing alarm bells on high level anymore. Now, these students in entire Turkey, seem that they do have no more patience left for the system.

And I have been seeing the quotes of Nazim Hikmet’s poems at most of the notices of high schools, especially this one;

The quotes from the poem of “The Ballad of Those Who Drink the Sun” by Nazim Hikmet Ran
“…
Those, who cry in their houses,
who carry their tears
like a heavy chain
on their necks,
don’t set forth for the same road with us!
Those, who live inside the shells of their hearts,
don’t follow us!

Here:
Millions of red hearts are burning
on the fire
falling from that sun!
You take your heart out of
the cage of your chest too;
fling it into the fire
falling from that sun;
take your heart along with our hearts!

There is a raid,
a raid to the sun!
We will conquer the sun;
conquest of the sun is soon!
…”
As you have guessed this poem is very long but I have translated just this short part. Because especially last part, “There is a raid, a raid to the sun! We will conguer the sun; conquest of the sun is soon!” is using often at the protest notices of the high school students of Turkey in these days. And of course Nazim Hikmet was/is great poet and I am sure he is smiling to these children in that place where he is rest in peace.:)

While children want to scientific and modern education, their families some of them published the issues too. Yes, they don’t sit anymore:) One of them came from the parents of the students of Istanbul Cagaloglu Anatolian High School:

“Our children cried. We heard them and we reply!…We disobeyed, we answered! Our children are the real owners of the Istanbul Cagaloglu Anatolian High School with their own intelligence, labor, the support of their family. They choose to be individuals, not to be slaves.
We have too much to learn from children who lay claim to their freedom, schools, most importantly lay claim to the tradition of brotherhood and solidarity. They are the owners of a bright future and the passengers of light. We are on the way fo our children, we are in SOLIDARTY with them.”

And, some members of the some alumni associations of these high schools also issued statements to support the students in the schools they graduated.

Of course, by the way, there are the reactions againts the protests of high schools. One of the came from Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President of Republic Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with making reference to the repeatedly statements issued by many rooted high schools against pro-government managments, said: ” We know the ones who didn’t take a lesson from all these incidents, and they pursue the new unrests by scratching still to the high schools and universities.”

And the police forces came to one of these high schools, to Samsun Anatolia High School at the request of the school management. The students published notice before the graduate, when they came to school for graduate, the police forces were at the school. For this event, the students made a ptotest and their familes to joined to them. And after then, the students have published another issue again:)

Besides, after Istanbul Beyoglu Anatolian High School students published issue,
an offical letter which was written by Ministry of Education came to the students. According to letter, the boy students will no longer accept to the school.

I think these protests are very important for Turkey. These children are not moving with political ideas, they just want their future. And the politicians of government are not aware that they are in big mistakes with playing the education system like ping pong ball. Probably, at the near future, we see the consequences of these protests. And I think the winning side will be the students; because no matter what happens, always the future would be winner. And the youngs of mankind are the future!

Related news and quotes:

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/551258/isyan_Buyuyor__2_lise_daha_bildiri_yayimladi.html
http://odatv.com/erdogan-bildiri-yayinlayan-koklu-liseler-icin-ne-dedi-1306161200.html
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/liselilerin-isyanina-velilerden-destek-cocuklarimiz-bagirdi-duyduk-ses-veriyoruz-158868
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/italyan-lisesi-ogrencilerinden-bildiri-yarinlarimizi-onlara-ve-karanliklarina-teslim
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/samsunda-polis-saldirisina-ugrayan-liseliler-susmayacagiz-boyun-egmeyecegiz-159043
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/samsunda-bir-liseden-daha-bildiri-yeter-ki-korkma-boyun-egme-159156
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/uc-lise-daha-bildiri-yayimladi-buyuyen-tepkilere-biz-de-ses-veriyoruz-159067
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/liseliler-ayakta-karanliga-sirtimizi-donuyoruz-159500
http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/trabzon-alanya-izmir-ve-ordu-dan-liseliler-de-karanliga-isyan-etti-116401.html
http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/liselilerin-isyani-buyuyor-12-gunde-52-liseden-bildiri-116246.html
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/diyarbakir-yeni-ortadogu-koleji-ogrenci-ve-mezunlarindan-bildiri-159521
http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/15646/okullarina-polis-giren-samsun-anadolu-lisesi-ogrencilerinden-eylem
http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/herkese-esit-ozgurlukcu-egitim-hakki-dogmadikca-direnecegiz-159533

Those who are ready to turn their backs on the darkness

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As you know my Earthling friends, I had shared the unusual and effective protests of high school students of Turkey against non-scientific and corruption education system, with you four days ago, in this post:

The protests of high school students against corrupt and non-scientific education system

The protests of high school students are also spreading to other schools. If the protests of high school students are flag race, it seems that the flag won’t fall into place:

First: While the principal was giving his speech during the graduation ceremony, Istanbul High School 2016 graduates turned their backs on him to protest to him.

Second: Galatasaray High School student have put an advertisement with the title of “urgently, seeking the new principal”

Third: Graduates of Cagaloglu Anatolian High School published a notice like the other two.

Yesterday and today, the protest reactions continued. Contemporary educational demands of students and their protest against the reactionary layout which wants to surround the students, go on. New high schools are attending in these protest in waves.

Izmir Bornova Anatolian High School- The students have issued an announcement

Istanbul Vefa High School (the title which I used for this post is actually their announcement’s motto, and the full form is as follows) – “We are ready to turn our back on darkness with other schools which are suffering from similar problems!”

Ankara Gazi Anatolian High School students have published a notice too. And as others, they have said they will not surrender to the darkness with the general lines in this notice.

And Kadıkoy Anatolian High School students, they have prepared the notice which you see it’s picture at the top of this post. This notice is quite a sharp wit and satire example. As follows,

The students troubles should have been told at this notice within its without strikeout shape in actually; but when you read with in a shape at the picture, so by scratching out some words of it, as if there is no problem amongst the students and management of school. Some of the words have been removed, it emerged such sentences from the remaining words:

“As the students of Kadıkoy Anatolian High School, our activities which we wanted to organize are supported by managament of school. There is no problem in our school.”

At the bottom corner of the notice, represent seal of school management have been placed, and over the seal there is writing “it was examined”. So shortly, with this notice which these students prepared, they told how the management of school cencored the truths and the truths can be turned into another form by management. This notice of students is short but brilliant and wit expression of their protest.

Edit:

I cannot reach the speed of high school students protests 🙂 After I added this post, I have seen new ones that joined the others at news portals tonight.

Here are the other high schools students which they published notice that they will stand up against the darkness.
Izmir Cıglı Science High School
Beyoglu Anatolian High School
Notre Dame de Sion High School

Related news and some parts quotes with summarizing from,

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/liselilerin-tepkisi-buyuyor-bir-bildiri-de-kadikoy-anadolu-lisesi-ogrencilerinden-158801

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/bir-bildiri-de-vefa-lisesinden-karanliga-sirtimizi-donmeye-haziriz-158711

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/ankara-gazi-anadolu-lisesi-de-kervana-katildi-selam-olsun-karanliga-sirtini-donenlere-158769

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/bildiri-yayimlayan-liselerin-sayisi-artiyor-karanligin-karsisinda-duracagiz-158812

 

 

The protests of high school students against corrupt and non-scientific education system

Before the news, I have to tell firstly how is the education system right now in Turkey, and how was it before?

In Turkey, with the governments of AKP (Tayyip Erdogan political and power party in Turkey), education system has been crashing down day by day during last 10 years.

At Turkey, the high schools are sperated into 6 groups according to their levels. These are;

“Regular high schools” which are providing basis education(every graduated form secondary school can go on without test to them)

“Vocational high schools” for to access to the profession of vocation from basis with a test score (not necessary the high test score)

“Anatolian high schools” the graduated from secondary school can go on these schools with high test score

“Science high schools” and then again graduated from secondary school can go on these with very high test score

“Private or fee paying high schools” the students have to pay the high moneys for them

and there is another one “Religious vocational high school” in Turkish “Imam Hatip high schools”, they give religious education in the forefront. Tayyip Erdogan always mention with proud that he graudated from “Imam Hatip high school”

Actually, their first aim is to educate students for mosques as imam; so staff muslim religious men for mosques. The second aim is “religion teacher” (there is a religion lesson in high schools at Turkey, a hour for a week)

Until 3 years ago, the numbers of high schools in Turkey were like that,

The most common ones were regular high schools. Almost every two neighborhoods had one “regular high school.”

This means that for example about 3 million population city of Turkey, there were nearly 50 “regular high school”.

Every three county had one “vocational high school”.

It means that again for 3 million population city of Turkey, there were nearly 10 “vocational high school”

Every four county had one “Anatolian high school”,

For 3 million population city of Turkey, there were 7-8 “Anatolian high school”

Every city had one or three “Science high school” (according to their population)

1 or 3 “Science high school” at the same population city

And every city had one or three “Religious vocational high school” so “Imam Hatip high school”

1 or 3 again “Imam Hatip high school” at the same population city

Right now, with changes made in the laws of the AKP government, their numbers have become in this shape like that:

“Regular high schools” number are very few anymore, because of the AKP government’s laws most of these schools turned into “Imam Hatip high schools” at the rate of 80%; and turned into “vocational high school” at the rate of 15 % ; and turned into “Anatolian high school” at the rate of 5 %.

While a city of 3 million population had 50 “regular high school” three years ago, now same city has max 5 “regular high school”

Please it wouldn’t be understood that Anatolian high school numbers were increased from my upper words, “regular high schools turn into Anatolian high schools at the rate of 5 %.” Becuase their numbers are still stabilize because some of Anatolian high schools turned into “Science high school”.

And same again, please it wouldn’t be understood that Science high schools numbers were increased.  Because some “Anatolian high schools” were turned into “Science high schools”.

Becuase the most pity one into the high schools has been the “Science high schools” which were the best high schools at Turkey. And maybe you will not believe in, but some of them are being turned into “Imam Hatip Science high schools” !!! Yes, religion and science in this age!

What a complicated mess over education system, isn’t it!

AKP wants to destroy the secular education system totaly, with increasing Imam Hatip high schools.

Deputy of the minister at the period had already stated as follows:

“As the ministry, we increased the number of Imam Hatip high school from number of 440 in 2002-2003 to number of 1017 in 2014-2015”

The AKP government not only made changes on the school system. In addition, with it’s “Ministry of Education” and AKP bureaucracy that AKP is doing pressure the schools which are not related with religious education system.

For example,

AKP’s Ministery of Education, has assigned the “religion teachers” as the high school principal, the right rteachers who gained this title were banished to the high schools at the cities from very far away where they lived. They applied pressure and intimidation on them. And the teachers who graduated from universities as being school teachers, even if they were able to pass written exam of Minister of Education, they failed at spoken exam of Minister of Education(What a coincidence!). There have been many young teachers have been waiting to be teacher at schools for years (including physics or language teachers). Because of the system of AKP doesn’t accept them as teacher, they work as construction worker or another works at Turkey. And some of them suicided, unfortunatelly. This government hands are covered in with these teachers bloods!

And after this prologue,

If we come to the news,

Some high school students are now resisting against this system with high voice. Before then, and actually still, while their families are protesting the turning the schools into the “Imam Hatip high schools”, the students are making very good protests anymore with freely. Especially during last three years and still, the familes are making protests against this policy of government at almost every “regular high school”. But the mainstream media doesn’t broadcast these news, world public thinks that Anatolian people are accepting every policy of AKP government and Tayyip Erdogan’ policy, like every event!

Yesterday,

Istanbul High School 2016 graduates, (which is Istanbul High School that was establihed in 1884 is one of the very successful Anatolian High Schools for Turkey, not just for Istanbul), while the principal was giving his speech during the graduation ceremony, they turned their backs on him to protest to him.

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Besides, they issued a statement.

In general at statement, the students of Istanbul High School mention about the management of the school allow all kinds of unscientific activities, on the other hand, the necessary activities not to be allowed by management for proper training.

And in some places it contained the following words.

“We have seen the darkness and bondage.*

We collected our courage from their captivity. We’ve read to destroy the dark, we did get rid of our dogmas. When we’ve fallen down our brother, our sister raised up us. We know, behind us, we have teachers who watch us. We missed our teachers who were assertive, giving us the strength, trust us, didn’t lock on us, we miss you.

Our sisters and brothers,

If the teachers who are liable with educating to you, they remain in silent; If administrators are writing permission slips as bribe; if scholarships are seemed for kind of hush money, it means that the nightmares collapsed upon on you. Then lift your head from your test books no longer. Get up your beds. Get rid of those nightmares.

Collected, organized, stand up arm in arm; Shout shout shout until everyone heard:

We are in favor of free thought.

We are in favor of democracy.

We are in favor of human rights.

And we will always hold on love and brotherhood to everything.

….

You; the blind boatmen who have seen the murder,* single punch in front of everyone, the intellectuels that the next generations will lean back on you, you will be the savior of yourself without waiting savior. You will be.

Our brothers and sisters,

This force is you. This force has into your vessels and brain. It is you.

Before the mistrals crash down your roof;

Now, you be the sound, the light, the punch!”

At the * parts, it has made directioning to the poem of Nazim Hikmet.

And today, it became another high school protest. This time, the students of Galatasaray High School, also this is another important and historical high school of Turkey, have put an advertisement with the title of “urgently, seeking the new principal” 🙂

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At the advertisement, the students say follows for the seeking features of new high school principal:

“Galatasaray High School graduate; who has a good head on the shoulders and compos mentis; preferably 120 higher IQ level; can communicate at a minimum level with young people; protects students more than his seat; has never been a slave for any Sultan, befitting to Tevfik Fikret* position.

Salary: High (civil servant salary + foundation cheque + also we are saving money)

PS: Already, the school is being managed by the students. It is enough if you work from your home and not to screw around with the students”

*Tevfik Fikret is the one of important Turkish poets and graduated Galatasaray High School at 1888 with ranking first in class.

edit: Today, at 6 june, as 3rd, graduates Cagaloglu Anatolian high school published a notice like the other two.

This is a long long way I know, but if there are the students like them on the planet Earth, there is always hope for the future!

My next post related with the “the protests of high school students”:
Those who are ready to turn their backs on the darkness

Quotes and photos were taken from:

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/imam-hatip-lisesi-sayisini-440-tan-1017-ye-cikardik-28069550

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/yandas-muduru-protesto-eden-istanbul-erkek-liselilerden-cagri-ses-ol-isik-ol-yumruk-ol-158146

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/546020/Bir_isyan_da_Galatasaray_Lisesi_nde__Padisaha_kolelik_yapmamis_mudur_araniyor.html

http://haber.sol.org.tr/toplum/bir-bildiri-de-cagaloglu-anadolu-lisesinden-158358