As in the case with many private schools, there is a tendancy to have higher standards, and then too, the tuition is not cheap. Non-relligious schools aren't any "better". Funny how Reali in Haifa doesn't get bad press and it likely "segregates" the young people that son't pass their entrance exams. Becasue the school is religious there is this strange notion they are supposed to more open, and Secular standards, being what they are, can tell a parent, any parent, Ethiopian or otherwise their child is not up to snuff. What is interesting is how there are a few "open schools" where there are not tests at all, The students are taught, and advance, each at therr own levels--no segregatiion tere, and nobody is regarded as "incapable" of understanding the material. Enslavement, murder?!! For some more progressive educators, tests, and "achievemnt level" are a form of tryanny forced upon children to teach them to conform to the standards of the authority. Indeed, there are educators that go as far as saying examinations stifle creativity in a young person. Then too, it's not clear that this is a "Petach Tikvah story". That town is notorious for the way Ethiopians have been "integrated". In the periphery, and other towns in the country, there is none of this sort of thinking. T'would seem to be that HaAretz "strikes again" at the Religious sector at what likely exists in Government schools, and, in other educatiional instituions that are not part of the Dati sector, but . . . dare the benighted paper speak ill of their own?
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