By Ulker Ismailgizi
Journalist, head of the press service of Party for Democratic Reforms of Azerbaijan Ulker Ismailgizi in her article titled "Why did 'the Boy on a White Horse' Disappear?" says that all traditional tales about good, victory of good over evil and children's plots have been removed from the textbooks.
She asks herself: “What have the old good tales been replaced with? With national holidays, stories and works about the Khojaly tragedy and stories about Mubariz.”
Educating an entire generation of children on hatred towards the Armenians, we cannot focus our entire conscious life on anti-propaganda against the enemy. For if peace comes tomorrow (taking into consideration the history, I believe in unavoidability of this perspective), we will have to try to extinguish the cherished feeling of hatred with the same zeal.
The old good tales have been removed from the textbooks. Well, but how will the children distinguish between bad and good, good and evil? How will they learn to compare? Shall we not give them such possibility? Will it be sufficient for them to compare: “2 is smaller than 3 and 6 is bigger than 5?” What do you think about the example that “the Armenians are bad and we are good?” “They kill, so they are bad, while we take revenge, so we are good”- what state of mind do we cultivate?