English-speaking teens lost for words in Israeli school system
The absorption process can be especially trying for teenagers, who must contend with heightened social and academic pressures on top of the usual difficulties associated with moving to a new country.
At his public school in New York, Arad Horovitz was a popular honors student with a knack for math. After his family moved to Israel in 2009 and the 13-year-old transferred into an Israeli middle school in Ra’anana, however, his grades plummeted and he had trouble making friends.
“He totally shut down,” said his Israeli-born mother, Yael. “It was all because of the language. He just...
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