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Making History in IranEducation, Nationalism, and Print Culture$
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Farzin Vejdani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791533

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791533.001.0001

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The State, Education, and the Standardization of History

The State, Education, and the Standardization of History

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Making History in Iran

Farzin Vejdani

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the Ministry of Education’s centralization and standardization of the national curriculum in the aftermath of the First World War. The establishment of the Teachers’ Training College in 1919 heralded a new era in which the state professionalized teaching and systematically imposed standardized curricula on private, foreign, and state schools before bringing all schools under its own control. Primary and secondary schools, colleges, and the University of Tehran, as well as military colleges, adult classes, and government propaganda institutions all provided the state with mediums for circulating statist nationalist narratives throughout society. With fewer autonomous educational institutions and the professionalization of teaching, historical narratives became more uniform by the late 1920s and 1930s.

Keywords:   state, education, standardization, textbooks and teachers, propaganda, professionalization, students, pedagogical manuals and curriculum, military, race

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