|Who pays for all these trips to Turkey, could be the reason Magnola Schools have a financial shortfall|
Parents are happy to hear their children who were getting F's and D's at traditional public schools are now magically getting A's and awards at the Gulen sponsored contests (Math Matters, Science Olympiad, Turkish Olympiad, etc.,)
The children are praised and given "extra" attention by the Fethullah Gulen Missionary Teachers. What parent wouldn't want to see their child happy traveling to Turkey, dancing and speaking Turkish and feeling successful.
Building a "Golden Generation" that Gulen refers to is using some of the methods of the Ottoman era Janissary Programs. A entire generation of children worldwide that will speak Turkish and be loyal to Turkey for giving them an education.
|The Janissaries were chosen before they reached adulthood from among the Christian population living in Anatolia and the Balkan peninsula to become the elite fighting force of the Ottoman Empire. A portion of these selected children, as they were considered to be more talented, received a higher standard of education to become the ruling class of viziers as well as engineers, architects, physicians and scientists.|
From the 1380s to 1648, the Janissaries were gathered through the devşirme system which was abolished in 1638. This was the taking (enslaving) of non-Muslim boys, notably Anatolian and Balkan Christians; Jews were never subject to devşirme, nor were children from Turkic families. In early days, all Christians were enrolled indiscriminately. Later, those from Northern Greece and Serbia were preferred.
The Janissaries were kapıkulları (sing. kapıkulu), "door servants" or "slaves of the Porte", neither freemen nor ordinary slaves (Turkish: köle). They were subjected to strict discipline and were the first army to wear a uniform, but were paid salaries and pensions upon retirement and formed their own distinctive social class. As such, they became one of the ruling classes of the Ottoman Empire, rivaling the Turkish aristocracy. The brightest of the Janissaries were sent to the palace institution, Enderun. Through a system of meritocracy, the Janissaries held enormous power, stopping all efforts at reform of the military.
According to military historian Michael Antonucci and economic historians Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane, the Turkish administrators would scour their regions (but especially the Balkans) every five years for the strongest sons of the sultan's Christian subjects. These boys (usually between the ages of 6 and 14) were then taken from their parents and given to Turkish families in the provinces to learn Turkish language and customs, and the rules of Islam. The recruits were indoctrinated into Islam, and supervised 24 hours a day. They were subjected to severe discipline, being prohibited from growing a beard, taking up a skill other than soldiering, and marrying. As a result, the Janissaries were extremely well-disciplined troops, and became members of the Askeri class, the first-class citizens or military class. Most were non-Muslims because it was not permissible to enslave a Muslim. This elite corps was second only to the sultan in the Ottoman Empire
Turkification policies of the Ottoman Empire
|Registration of boys for the devşirme. Ottoman miniature painting from the Süleymanname, 1558 janissaries|