Persian Voices: Power Plants, Factories, and Railways
It is education that separated humans from animals, useful citizens from useless ignoramuses, civilized beings from savage barbarians.
Education generates light in an environment of intellectual darkness.
Education shows us how to build power plants, steam engines, factories, railways, and other essential prerequisites of modern civilization.
Education has enabled Japan to transform itself in one generation from a backward weak nation into an advanced powerful nation.
Education, likewise, will enable Iran not only to regain its ancient glory but also to create a new generation that will be conscious of individual equality, social justice, personal liberty, and human progress.
Education, in short, is a social factory that produces not material goods but responsible citizens and fully developed human beings.
—Speech by Malek al-Motekallemin
Quoted in Malekzadeh, Tarikh, 1, 153-54.
Abrahamian, Ervand. (1983). Iran Between Two Revolutions. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Pr., p.76. Print
Editor’s Note: The Education Movement in Iran witnessed the establishment of modern western-style schools in Iran as a grassroots movement during the time of Nasr al-Din Shah following his establishment of a western education style military academy for Iran’s defense and development. This movement and its utilization of the printing press helped established the industry of journalism at the turn of the century. The publishing of nightletters called, shabnameh, contained anonymous criticism of the state and sometimes the Islamic clergy.
چشم مغز مرد عالم خرق حجاب میکند و قوه
نافذه اش از کوهها و دریاها عبور میکند