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One of the main aspects of the creation–evolution controversy is the educational one, which deals with the question which explanation should be provided to students, mainly in public education, for the present form of life on Earth. This educational aspect is fertile ground for research; however, the official policy of various states’ educational systems regarding the instruction of evolutionary theory has hardly been investigated. In addition, research about the way in which Jewish education deals with this topic is meager. This article explores the policy of the Israeli Ministry of Education regarding this issue.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2014
Youth Renewal Fund (YRF) today announced its new strategic alliance with program partner Darca, a leading network of Israeli high schools, in an effort to dramatically change the future of Israeli education. As part of this historic alliance, YRF will now operate in the US under the name “YRF Darca.” YRF Darca and Darca schools will be known for academic excellence, commitment to high achievement, an innovative approach to education, inspiring leadership, and professional management. In the coming school year, the partners will reach over 14,000 students and 1,400 teachers in 25 schools and centers.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
This study seeks to investigate the teacher shortage from the school perspective. It was guided by the assumption that activities occurring on the micro level, i.e., strategies implemented by school principals in order to cope with the shortage, mask the situation. Following this assumption the study aimed to reveal these strategies and their impact on teaching and learning in schools. The research methodology included surveys of school principals and regional inspectors and examination over two years of job advertisements appearing on teacher union internet sites. Findings reveal an ongoing search for teachers throughout the school year and a balance between supply and demand toward the beginning of the school year.
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014
The number of visitors to Israel's public libraries increased in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the Culture and Sport Ministry in some 40 public libraries as part of Reading and Literature Month. The survey also showed that over 1 million people in Israel have active public library memberships (which are not always free), and that, on Aug. 11, 2013, a million books were checked out.
Updated: Jun. 11, 2014
Between “Us” and “Them”: Teachers' Perceptions of the National Versus International Composition of the Israeli History Curriculum
This study aims to investigate history teachers' perceptions of the desired history curriculum content in Israeli schools in term of national versus international composition. We surveyed Israeli secondary school history teachers in the Jewish secular stream, employing an on-line quantitative and qualitative questionnaire that asked the teachers to select the subjects that they consider important for inclusion in the curriculum.
Updated: May. 25, 2014
The Jewish Funders Network has released the latest edition of its Greenbooks, a series of guides written for funders to maximize the impact of their giving. The second volume is devoted to Hitchadshut Yehudit, (Jewish Renewal) in Israel. Hitchadshut Yehudit (Jewish Renewal) refers to programs that offer Jewish Israelis opportunities for learning, cultural expression, identity exploration, spirituality and prayer, and social action. All are explicitly based on Jewish values, texts and traditions, and infused with pluralism and autonomy. This Greenbook highlights the multi-faceted nature of Hitchadshut Yehudit.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
A think tank, Education in a Renewing World - Future Intelligence, established by the MOFET Institute – an Education Ministry funded, non-profit organization that works on research and development of programs in teacher education, convened on last Sunday for their first meeting. The committee comprised of education and futurology experts, hosted Knesset Member, Amram Mitzna, Chairman of the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee at their first meeting. This committee has been tasked with addressing the issue of evolution in education in light of constant breakthroughs in technology, medicine and the humanities that are achieved every day.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
Elu v’Elu: Towards Integration of Identity and Multiple Narratives in the Jewish Renewal Sector in Israel
Secular Israelis are reconnecting to Judaism in an increasingly growing range of ways. This trend has been accelerating over the last ten years. The article draws on theories of transformative learning as well as the analysis of scholars who have examined the elements that contribute to integration and formation of healthy Jewish identity. It locates this phenomenon in light of changes taking place in the North American Jewish community and liberal Jewish communities in Israel, as well as the mutual, ongoing influences between and among these organizations.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014
The Israeli educational system makes a clear distinction between State religious education and State general education. Over time, “general education” has become unofficially identified with, and labeled as, “State secular education.' This switch has consequences far beyond a semantic level; it highlights a complex, vague, and confused set of concepts and symbols revolving around the fundamental question of Jewish Identity. However, the main argument in this paper is that the curriculum in the Israeli State schools, attended by 70% of Israeli’s Jewish children, is neither ‘completely’ nor ‘partially’ secular. Rather, it is first and foremost a Jewish curriculum, even though, on the declarative and conscious level, it does not operate as such. This argument is supported by qualitative-interpretive research on seventeen schools (six elementary, four middle, and seven high schools) in the Tel Aviv-Yafo region.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2014
The Student as the 'Other' and Teacher Responsibility: Teachers' Ethical Dilemmas in National Religious Education
The article is based on a study whose aim was to understand teachers' ethical world in national-religious education in Israel by examining their stories which reflect ethical dilemmas in teaching. The methodology was qualitative. The research population included 52 teachers teaching in a variety of State-Religious schools in Israel. The research tools were semi-constructed in-depth interview and documents. The teachers' stories repeatedly addressed the basic tension between traditional-religious educational education and modern democratic education.
Updated: Mar. 03, 2014