ISIS teaches math by asking children to count bullets

ISIS is teaching its children with the language of violence.
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When the Islamic State took over the northern Iraqi town of Qayyara in 2014, the terrorist organization briefly allowed local schools to function as usual. But soon the militants began banning subjects they didn't like — geography, history, civics — and replacing textbooks with tomes of their own making.

The ISIS agenda was evident throughout their curriculum, which transformed schools for boys into recruiting stations. Even a subject as neutral as math was affected, with math problems asking children to imagine counting tools of war in their examples: "One bullet plus two bullets equals how many bullets?"

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