Here's a piece that I missed in the Turkish language media: a Turkish punk band performed a song that criticizes the excruciatingly competitive 3-hour exam all university hopefuls must take, and which decides their options for where and what to study. The song ended up on (where else?) YouTube, and now they have been taken to court for insulting Turkey.
So far I haven't gotten into trouble by disagreeing with the exam policy via this blog (such as here and here), but then the association which governs the network of schools where I work has been far more vocal than I with their Hayat = 195 Dakika mı? campaign (in English it means, roughly, Is life defined by just 195 minutes?).
That campaign has picked up steam and many organizations have adopted the slogan. However, they are up against a billion dollar industry of prep courses and prep books (and not a few psychiatrists) that feeds on the fear of failure, so in spite of the anti-exam rhetoric of the politicians campaigning for the election here on Sunday I don't expect much change any time soon.
I'm just hoping the court case doesn't lead to another YouTube shut down. What would we do?