Children take part in a drill for a rocket attack in southern Israel.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
THE DIFFERENCES in the school education systems often dominate conversations amongst parents here in Israel. New immigrants from all over the world talk about the far more casual, laid-back and informal school system here, especially for primary school children. There is no school uniform, homework isn’t a priority at all at the age of twelve, projects seem to be completed in groups and there certainly isn’t much pressure at this level when it comes to class marks. There is no doubt that this changes the closer pupils reach “bagrut,” (matriculation level).So, I was taken by surprise this week, when my twelve-year old son told me about the lessons they’d been having on how to respond “in certain situations”. What exactly did he mean? He went on to explain – with great excitement – that certain children had been chosen to lead the class, as a type of marshal, in the event of an ‘emergency’. These were divided into several so-called “situations.”