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Jerusalem - Bill Would Require Charedim to Teach Core Curriculum

Published on: December 10, 2011 09:15 PM
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Jerusalem - Independence MK Wilf brings to Ministerial Committee law requiring core subjects to be taught in all state-funded schools.

All schools receiving government funding should be required to teach Education Ministry’s core curriculum, according to an education bill being brought to a vote at the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday.
 
The initiative, proposed by Independence faction chairwoman Einat Wilf, along with MKs Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Meir Sheetrit (Kadima), Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi), and sponsored by Meretz and Kadima MKs, would require schools to teach core curriculum subjects, such as Torah, Civics, Hebrew, Math and English, during at least 75 percent of the school day.

Wilf submitted the bill under legislative allotment, explaining that her party sees this bill as essential to its mission to integrate all groups in Israeli society and contribute to a more just division of “the burden on all citizens.”

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She added that this bill is “fighting for the essential character of the State of Israel,” saying that the state cannot fund schools whose alumni do not have “the most basic tools to be part of Israeli society and the workforce.”

Wilf also pointed out that there is no halachic problem with combining secular and religious studies, as is proven by many haredi [ultra-orthodox] schools outside of Israel. In addition, Hotovely and Orbach, who co-sponsored the bill, are Orthodox.

“I call for the Ministerial Committee to pass this bill and give tens of thousands of students the basic right to choose their lifestyle,” Hotovely said. “Many great Jewish sages, from Maimonides to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, received a secular education and did not see this as contradicting the Torah.”

In Wilf’s opinion, the state should fund a limited number of schools for those who excel in Judaic studies, just as it does for sciences or arts, but that other haredi students should be able to learn more secular subjects.

“There is no reason that Israel should fund a life of unemployment, poverty and withdrawal from society,” Wilf added. “I am not under the delusion that the change will come from this specific bill, but this struggle should be on the agenda as often as possible.”

She also said that she is open to ideas from haredim as to how their schools can give students the skills needed in the modern work force.

Sheetrit, a former education minister, said that education in Israel is currently “catastrophic,” because students are not prepared for modern life. He pointed out that this year, over half of first-grade students are haredi or Arab, and many of them do not learn sciences or Israeli history.

“Now, when there’s a social crisis, the government must act so these students can work and will not become a burden on society,” Sheetrit stated.

Hotovely agreed, saying that if all students receive an equal education, it will decrease social gaps.

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post



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 Dec 10, 2011 at 10:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Sounds reasonable, we don't need uneducated Yidden.

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 Dec 10, 2011 at 10:54 PM DavidCohen Says:

Good move, if you want State funds then you need to accept the responsibility of raising children who can be contributing members of society, and that includes contributing back to State that provided those funds.

And now I'll sit back and wait for the inevitable comments about the evil Zionists and the anti-Chareidi tendencies in Israel.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 03:36 AM Trolly_McTrollerston Says:

Its Volozhin all over again! Its better that we shut down the schools than teach this Apikorsus!

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 04:22 AM yankel Says:

Don't worry, all the graduates of american yeshivas who have good jobs because they also got some secular education will make up the funding.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 06:41 AM The_Beadle Says:

Reply to #4  
yankel Says:

Don't worry, all the graduates of american yeshivas who have good jobs because they also got some secular education will make up the funding.

Because G-d forbid someone should work when you can find someone else to sponge off

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 07:24 AM MyNachas Says:

"would require schools to teach core curriculum subjects, such as Torah, Civics, Hebrew, Math and English, during at least 75 percent of the school day."

Confused. Is Torah part of the 75%. Assuming that 25% is lunch and recess (which I doubt is what they mean), what percentage can be Torah? Is 99.5 allowed ?

The other option is that "Torah" is not supposed to be part of the 75%. If that is the case, and there is only 25% allowed for Torah, then of course the solution is insane. I have no problem with secular education, but at least allow them to make Torah a priority - not just another class.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 08:43 AM FALLSBURGER Says:

The holy Satmar Rov proven right yet again....
If you take funding from the Tziony government, they will end up dictating what should be taught in the yeshivas.
As he used to quote the holy Brisker Rav "the ultimate goal of the Tzionim is to eradicate observant Judaism"

How blind can you be that this goal is being advanced every single day nebach.

Please stop this hogwash of you can't get a good job if you are not educated, its as true as the other myth , that the lack of education results in higher crime rates..... According to this "statistic" Kiryas Joel should have the highest crime rate in the USA... In fact it has one of the lowest (including the occasional infighting going on in KJ)

I am an alumni of a SATMAR yeshiva, where we had very limited secular studies.
(1) I now own my own Business employing 18 people.
(2) I pay more then my fair share in taxes.
(3) Nobody in my immediate family gets any form of government support. whether you believe it or not, they all are SATMAR alumni & they ALL work for a living.
No, they don't all work for me...

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 08:49 AM ChabadRR Says:

The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke out so many times for chinuch al taharas hakodesh, and about teaching only the minimum amount of secular studies required by the government for funding, and then only at the end of the day when the kids are tired. I heard this with my own ears!

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 08:54 AM tzadikgamur Says:

Reply to #3  
Trolly_McTrollerston Says:

Its Volozhin all over again! Its better that we shut down the schools than teach this Apikorsus!

gut gezokt!!
This is antisamantic. How can they forse such naarishkeit on yingerleit. It will make them nisht frim.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM leahle Says:

Reply to #9  
tzadikgamur Says:

gut gezokt!!
This is antisamantic. How can they forse such naarishkeit on yingerleit. It will make them nisht frim.

oy, your grammar is an example of why secular education is needed. One's understanding of Torah can only be increased by knowledge of science, math, sociology and history.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
FALLSBURGER Says:

The holy Satmar Rov proven right yet again....
If you take funding from the Tziony government, they will end up dictating what should be taught in the yeshivas.
As he used to quote the holy Brisker Rav "the ultimate goal of the Tzionim is to eradicate observant Judaism"

How blind can you be that this goal is being advanced every single day nebach.

Please stop this hogwash of you can't get a good job if you are not educated, its as true as the other myth , that the lack of education results in higher crime rates..... According to this "statistic" Kiryas Joel should have the highest crime rate in the USA... In fact it has one of the lowest (including the occasional infighting going on in KJ)

I am an alumni of a SATMAR yeshiva, where we had very limited secular studies.
(1) I now own my own Business employing 18 people.
(2) I pay more then my fair share in taxes.
(3) Nobody in my immediate family gets any form of government support. whether you believe it or not, they all are SATMAR alumni & they ALL work for a living.
No, they don't all work for me...

If education does not help to obtain a better job please tell me why Kiryas Yoel is the poorest town in the whole of the U.S.

The fact that you have no or little education and have a nice business is the exception rather than the rule.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 02:53 PM esther Says:

Reply to #10  
leahle Says:

oy, your grammar is an example of why secular education is needed. One's understanding of Torah can only be increased by knowledge of science, math, sociology and history.

i belive #9 was being sarcastic.

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 02:55 PM esther Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

If education does not help to obtain a better job please tell me why Kiryas Yoel is the poorest town in the whole of the U.S.

The fact that you have no or little education and have a nice business is the exception rather than the rule.

do you really think kj is the poorest or just the smartest at getting funding? nu,a yiddishe kup(s).

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 Dec 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM BrainsoverBrawn Says:

Reply to #9  
tzadikgamur Says:

gut gezokt!!
This is antisamantic. How can they forse such naarishkeit on yingerleit. It will make them nisht frim.

You are anti-semantic. You need that English education the article is talking about.

P.S. Time for an English lesson:
The term you were looking for is "anti-Semitic", meaning against the Semite people, referring to being against the Jewish people. However, what you said is that this policy is being "anti-semantic", meaning against proper word choice and usage. Dear friend, you are anti-semantic.
Oh, and the word is "force" nor forse".
Thank you.

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 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:14 AM Leon Zacharowicz MD Says:

This bill is a non-sequitor (hope that's not anti-semantic)

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