Breaking down the walls

Transforming education in the 21st century

By DAVID BRUMMER
September 5, 2018 17:40
3 minute read.
STUDENTS AT Amit Nahshon in Mateh Yehuda work in a classroom without walls.

STUDENTS AT Amit Nahshon in Mateh Yehuda work in a classroom without walls.. (photo credit: COURTESY AMIT)

 
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The start of the new school year can be a time of great anticipation and also trepidation for both parents and students. I do not have children myself, but I understand that the Israeli educational system can be a little uneven. AMIT, an educational network consisting of 110 schools and 45,000 students across the country – religious and secular – claims that it will provide an educational revolution that will facilitate change in the classroom.

“Breaking Down the Walls” is being rolled out in schools across the country with the method of teaching changed from the core. Instead of more traditional regimented classroom teaching, the walls are literally taken down, with students learning in an open space rather than a classroom. And instead of 30 students (or thereabouts) being confined to one classroom and one teacher, 70 to 100 students will be in the open space with four teachers per age group.

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