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>> Suha is a father of three girls. It's what they're learning in school that's keeping him up at night. A new Turkish school year has seen the introduction of a new curriculum. Among some of the more controversial changes, Darwin's evolution theory has been removed, the concept of jihad introduced and more class time devoted to religion.
The entrance exam for high school admission has also been scraped. Turkeys' education minister said it treated students like racehorses. But parents fear its removal will funnel more children to religious schools, which are on the rise here. Suha is part of a growing number of parents, protesting the changes.
> Some teacher's unions argue that the government wants to stamp out dissenting ideas from an early age, warning the country is trying to breed a generation who doesn't ask questions.
Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, has repeatedly expressed his desire to raise a pious generation. And students are finding themselves caught in the middle of an ideological battle. As well as changes to the curriculum, schools are now required to have one of these, a prayer room. Some fear that the government's drive to overhaul education in Turkey and introduce more religion to the classroom, is just another step towards undermining the secular foundations that this country was built on.
The head teacher at this school in Istanbul believes the changes are positive. It gives students more choice and teaches the importance of family and national identity.>> Turkey's moving towards a renewed sense of secularism. One that takes freedom at its core, one that's predicated on human rights and family love, one that unites and creates peace.
The sense of secularism, distance is religion from dirt of politics and our people have truly adopted this understanding.>>
Suha worries that his girls' future in a Turkey that's changing.