The choice is clear. Either education is about expanding the mind, seeking knowledge and understanding and questioning taken for granted assumptions about the world, or it is about the opposite. If parents desire the latter for their children it would be a pity, in my view, but, ok, let them pay for it from their own pockets. State education, however, should be open to all and should therefore be based on rationality and universal principles, not on a narrow set of non-rational beliefs. What we are seeing here is an example of the inevitable contradictions and tensions between tradition and modernity which are increasingly apparent among religious folk in the 21st century. The main victims in this sorry state of affairs are, of course, the children who deserve more from their society.
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from the article: Israeli parents protest growing extremist bent in religious schools