Instead of Reducing Inequalities, Israeli Middle Schools Are Perpetuating Them

Not only is the socioeconomic status of parents correlated with their children’s achievements in school, but Israel's education system upholds the relative advantage of students from stronger backgrounds

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From the late 1950s until the late ’60s, the fate of eighth graders in Israel was dictated by review exams. Some would be directed toward “academic” schools, where they studied for the high school matriculation exam, while others were sent to vocational schools to major in sewing, cabinet-making and become electrical technicians.

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