Israel needs an urgent education reform

Education is suffering because Israel has not recognized that due to teachers' dire employment conditions, potentially gifted educators prefer to take their talents elsewhere.

January 10, 2011 14:22
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JERUSALEM BOYS start first grade at a local school

Kids in Class 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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The barrage of recent headlines about the dismal state of Israel’s education system - from the country’s poor showing in the latest international PISA exam to professors lamenting the woeful ignorance of incoming college freshmen - has produced a lot of nostalgia for the early years of the state, when Israeli students topped the international rankings instead of falling into the bottom third. But this nostalgia tends to overlook the elephant in the room: the revolution in job opportunities for women that has occurred in recent decades.

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