Fethullah Gulen-inspired schools, that have appeared in many different countries of the world, are well-known for their superior quality of education, talented students and successful graduates. In recently published article, which provides an insider view on Gulen-inspired schools, the author discusses the importance of ‘the teacher factor’ as one of the main reasons for the worldwide success of these educational establishments.
Fethullah Gulen inspired schools that have been opened in various corners of the world have proven themselves as very efficient and successful educational establishments. Students of the schools are often becoming the first in different domestic and international intellectual competitions and Olympiads; and many graduates of Fethullah Gulen inspired schools continue their studies in the most prestigious universities of the world. What are the reasons and factors explaining why Gulen inspired schools have become such efficient and successful educational establishments? As a graduate of one of the Gulen inspired schools in Central Asia, I can say that one of the most important reasons of such success is hidden in the so-called ‘teacher factor’ – more precisely, in the unique approach of teachers to educating and interacting with students. In the following paragraphs I will provide facts and concrete examples from my own experiences in order to explain why the teachers can be regarded as keys to success of Fethullah Gulen inspired schools. Although I will be mainly referring to the school which I attended, my observations are applicable to all Fethullah Gulen inspired schools since they all follow common systematic approach to education.
First of all, let me start with describing educational backgrounds of teachers, because it is one of the most significant factors affecting the efficiency of Fethullah Gulen inspired schools. Our teachers were exemplary individuals, because they very educated, intelligent, caring and brave enough to leave their home countries to serve people abroad. All teachers in my school were graduates of best universities of Turkey and other countries and had good professional experience. Almost all teachers were fluent in at least two languages. In our school scientific classes such as math, physics, chemistry and biology were taught in English, while classes such as history and geography were taught in Turkish. Multilingual education by professional teachers made it possible for many students to continue their education in the most distinguished universities of Turkey, Europe and USA. In addition, having teachers from foreign countries provided opportunities how to deal with and respect people from different backgrounds and cultures. In short, teachers in our school very different from regular school teachers, and this difference made our Gulen inspired school very distinctive place to study.
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