Upon examination of the history, it is evident that education, in the Middle East, like numerous other fields, has been developed, analyzed, shaped and transformed throughout the ages. Progress has continually shifted back and forth since the enlightened days of Al Farabi who integrated philosophy with Islamic thought, to the purposefully archaic thought regression under the 16th century Ottoman rule.
In the Western world, the tables were turned. As the Arab world sunk deeper into regression, the West was steadily pulling itself out of the darkness of the Medieval Ages and advancing into the Renaissance. While the Arab world once boasted the likes of Al Farabi, Al Ghazali, and Jalal al Din Rumi, the West was now credited with the likes of DaVinci, Descartes, Hobbs, Locke, and ultimately, Jean Jaques Rousseau.
Today, education at NIS is built upon the pillars of standards; skills. Acquiring skills exists as a process that is continually debated amongst educators. Here, at NIS, we believe in implementing “best practice” pedagogical methods.