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The Freedom to Educate

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The widespread surprise that follows nearly every report about Israeli students’ performance on international tests is mostly indicative of the public’s capacity for repression: Again and again, astonishment is expressed over the at-best mediocre achievements of Israeli schoolchildren, and about the vast disparities among different groups.

Precisely because of the self-satisfaction that has typified our recent education ministers, and which has proven to be myopic, we must not ignore the warning by Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD Program for International Student Assessment, that “the state of the education system could lead to socioeconomic disaster” (Lior Dattel, TheMarker, May 21).

Schleicher is responsible, among other things, for the PISA test, which assesses the math, science and reading skills of 15 year olds. Unlike other international tests, which........

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