Shai Piron at the weekly cabinet meeting 370.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
The main threat that Israel faces today is an education system that is not
adapted to the 21st century, Education Minister Shai Piron said at the Sderot
Conference on Wednesday.
“If we do not recognize the need to change the
structure of learning, we are endangering and threatening the security of the
State of Israel,” Piron said. “This threat becomes even more important today, as
the education system – more than any other system – is a convergence point for
Earlier this year, during a conference at the Van Leer
Institute in Jerusalem, the minister stressed the importance of updating the
system and said that the reason why it has not been done yet has to do with the
fact that politicians don’t tend to undertake projects such as this one which,
he claimed,“will take 15 years.”
Piron also pledged on Wednesday to
“create a strong public education system” which will “change the existing
structure of learning, strengthen education, allow the expression of a variety
of opinions and strengthen the integration of children with special needs in
“This system will give each and every child the
excellent education he deserves,” he added.
The minister also reiterated
his commitment to empower teachers and allow them to “teach and educate” as well
as “talk about morals, ethics, values.”
“Knowledge is available on the
smartphone and on Google at any given moment. Teachers have lost their central
role,” he said.