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    • outside observer
    • 21.11.07 | 12:46 (IST)

    As an outside observer with interest in both Israel's future and education, i am appalled by the comments of the ministers (both). It is indeed a disgrace the arrogant display of mediocrity of those who are in positions of leadership, ministers and union leaders. From a "professional" visit to Israel last year I concluded that the public education system is falling apart with overcrowded schools, poor and unsafe facilities, outdated materials and curricula, savage differences between schools by geographical location and community, thus exacerbating social class differences and access to a quality education. I was impressed with how much teachers and administrators accomplish in spite of the system, in spite of lack of resources, and in spite of lack of vision, leadership, and understanding in the offices of the ministry. I've also observed terrible pedagogy and poor knowledge of subject matter by too many teachers. However, nothing matched the mediocrity of minister Tamir herself.

    from the article: Education Minister Yuli Tamir: Striking teachers are 'stuck in the past'
    First published 00:00 21.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.11.07
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