We speak with Maged Mandour about education reform in Egypt. We discuss why the middle class supports these types of policies, the corrosive role that orientalism plays in Egyptian political life, and the real reason the government fears the Muslim Brotherhood. Maged Mandour graduated from Cambridge with a Masters in International Relations. He is a political analyst and the columnist of “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” on openDemocracy. He is also a writer for Sada, the online journal for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.