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Independent Public Education

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A new initiative by educators seeking to give Israel’s “regular” public schools the same standing as the state religious schools and to guarantee their pedagogical autonomy, including through the establishment of an independent association, is a necessary step on the long road toward correcting the distortions introduced by the country’s recent education ministers.

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Instead of respecting the diversity of the schools’ student populations, these officials turned the Education Ministry into an instrument for disseminating their political philosophy, despite deep disagreements over their views. Pedagogical autonomy does not mean giving up on public education. Just the opposite: It offers protection from outside intervention in its principles and reinforces the secular component of public education, through a provision in........

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