When learning is no longer important

The value of scholarship has been discredited precisely by the two segments of Israeli society that still claim to prize it above all: the haredim and academics.

January 17, 2011 13:51
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Haredi children.

Haredi children studying 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

In my column last week, I discussed one widely ignored challenge facing Israel’s education system. But there’s another, even greater challenge that is also frequently overlooked by those waxing nostalgic for Israel’s educational achievements of days gone by: the fact that learning is no longer a key Israeli value.

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