Literacy Decline - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ann
    • 05.09.07 | 02:32 (IDT)

    Dan ben David seems to be talking to thin air. Why is the Israeli public so passive in the face of such a huge deterioration in the educational standards of its youth? Ben David points to the misuse of resources. The absence of a compulsory core curriculum and the obscene funding of the low level Haredi educational sector would further his argument. Everyone knows that lower class size, better teaching morale..i.e.better pay for teachers, would not only diminish the need for chemical controls (ritalin- now commonly used in Israeli primary and secondary schools -with all it's attendent future dangers) but would immediately raise the standard of literacy and numeracy. It's not rocket science. But perhaps the bottom line is that the governments of Israel PREFER a docile, ignorant public, albeit one largely composed of the dependent, poor and unempoyable.

    from the article: A lesson in spin
    First published 00:00 02.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.09.07
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