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Economy and Society: March 5, 2013

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A national-religious Ulpana (girls’ high school) located in the center of the country will compensate  a teacher who was fired upon telling school officials she was pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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March 5th, 2013 at 9:40 am

Economy and Society: February 17, 2013

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The OECD published a new study based on the latest PISA test results from 2009, which concludes that on average, pupils from well-off socioeconomic backgrounds achieved 88 points better than their classmates who came from weaker socioeconomic backgrounds – a gap comparable to two years of study. Israel has the dubious honor of being one of the countries in which the gap is more than 100 points, alongside Argentina, the United States, Hungary and Dubai. (Haaretz)

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February 17th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Economy and Society: February 12, 2013

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High-school students applying to Tel-Aviv-Yafo Ironi Hey’s gifted classes were asked about their parents’ occupations.

(Hebrew – mynet)

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February 12th, 2013 at 10:15 am

Closed Society: February 2, 2013

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A new study criticizes Israeli school books, claiming they portray the Palestinians negatively. According to a source who read the final report, “the Israeli side emphasizes the series of disturbances, while the Palestinians claim that Israel is the result of imperialist acts. One of the main conclusions is that each side sticks to its own narrative.” Furthermore, the study criticizes Israeli textbooks for not showing the Green Line, and claims that the textbooks in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community are “the closest to the Palestinian textbooks in their treatment of the other side,” according to one source. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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February 2nd, 2013 at 11:29 am

Economy and Society: January 27, 2013

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Golan Yurkevic, a teacher employed through the Karev Foundation, was dismissed from his job in one of the schools in which he taught after he was filmed for an election campaign video for the Eretz Chadasha party, in which he voiced support for the party. Yurkevic was called for a meeting with the school’s vice principal who told him that his appearance in the movie was in contrast to the school values of love of country.

(Hebrew – Facebook)

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January 27th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Local Government: January 8, 2013

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Tel-Aviv-Yaffo municipality summoned a local high school prinicipal to a hearing pending  dismissal, at the request of the Ministry of Education.  Ram Cohen, principal of the city’s Aleph High School of the Arts, published a political opinion piece in Haaretz. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

Education: December 26, 2012

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A study by Van Leer Institute scholar Dr. Yusri Khaizran concludes that the Arabic language studies for Druze schoolchildren are being used to deepen a sense of Druze identity as separate from the Arab community by filtering out Arab nationalist writers and works that relate to a broader Arab literary context. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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December 26th, 2012 at 9:41 am

Economy and Society: December 16, 2012

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The parents of pupils at the “Noam HaMeiri” girls’ national-religious school in Lod threatened to shut down the school due to neglect and safety deficiencies in the school building.

(Hebrew – Ynet)

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December 16th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Education: November 28, 2012

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Many science teachers claim that in supplementary training sessions they are instructed not to teach evolution in their classes out of consideration for the religious sector.

(Hebrew – nrg)

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November 28th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Economy and Society: November 6, 2012

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MK Nissim Ze’ev (Shas), a member of the Knesset’s Education Committee, says that a project promoted by the Ministry of Education to introduce kindergardeners to Islam and Christianity will lead to a loss of identity for the Jewish Children.

(Hebrew – HaKol HaYehudi)

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November 6th, 2012 at 9:16 am