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The Education Ministry plans to introduce a new subject into the school curriculum, “Jewish-Israeli culture,” which ministry sources say will be pluralistic and not strictly Orthodox Jewish. In the first stage, due to begin this year, teachers, students and parents at all grade levels will take part in “learning and experience sessions” focused on Jewish texts. Next year, the subject will become a formal part of the curriculum from kindergarten through 10th grade in all secular Jewish state schools.
Updated: Nov. 24, 2014
Instead of Dividing Classrooms by Half, Israel Education Ministry Moves to Double Teachers Per Class
The Israel Education Ministry is devising another reform in the wake of the “sardine protest” against crowded conditions in the classrooms. According to the new plan, students in their third year of teacher training would join veteran teachers in the classroom and run them jointly, thereby lowering the number of students per teacher without a need for opening new classrooms, a complex, expensive proposition.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
The Israel Education Ministry and Yad Vashem have unveiled a new curriculum to teach the Holocaust starting in kindergarten — the first time the authorities have provided a mandatory program for teaching the Shoah for the entire school system and every age group. The program, which will be launched the coming school year, was announced Thursday, a few days before Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The aim is to tailor Holocaust studies for each age group at a time when the last generation of Holocaust survivors is dying out.
Updated: May. 14, 2014
Some 40 percent of new teachers quit the teaching profession within six to eight years after graduating, according to a study conducted recently on behalf of the Israel Education Ministry. The study compared 500 teachers from two groups: graduates of regular teaching programs and those from outstanding students programs. The dropout rates for both groups of teachers were similar.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2013
The Israel Education Ministry has launched a plan to attract high school students to study literature, Bible and history using movies, YouTube and advanced Internet technology. The plan was created following a sharp drop in the number of students taking matriculation exams in the full five-unit levels in humanities.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2013
The Ofek Hadash (“New Horizon”) reforms in Israeli elementary schools and some junior-high schools have failed in bringing more teachers and keeping them from leaving the educational system, despite higher salaries. The first study of its kind on the program, conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics, examined whether the higher salaries increased the supply of new students studying to be teachers and whether the quality of those students was higher, as well as whether attrition rates for teachers had declined.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013