Department of “Huh?”

Amitai Etzioni makes a reasonable argument that education that stresses a non-jihadist version of Islam will probably do more good in Islamic countries such as Iraq than purely secular education. But surely Etzioni doesn’t really believe that leaving religion out of the curriculum is the same as “providing no values education.” That’s as silly as believing that all religious education fosters bigotry.

Amitai Etzioni makes a reasonable argument that education that stresses a non-jihadist version of Islam will probably do more good in Islamic countries such as Iraq than purely secular education. But surely Etzioni doesn’t really believe that leaving religion out of the curriculum is the same as “providing no values education.” That’s as silly as believing that all religious education fosters bigotry.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com