Israel’s yeshivas can help save America’s humanities
Subsidized Torah study in Israel demonstrates the power of government incentives to facilitate learning for the sake of learning. But it also highlights its pitfalls. Advocates of federal sponsoring for the humanities can learn a lot from the successes and failures of Israel’s experience.
There’s been a lot of buzz in the American media about the so-called “crisis of the humanities.” Students interested in the arts, literature, philosophy and history are faced with a job market that undervalues their skills. The number of humanities majors is declining, and traditional jobs for...
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