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Teachers, Shut Up

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02.12.2019

The indictment of Benjamin Netanyahu offers an extraordinary opportunity for civics teachers to illustrate how the theoretical aspects of what they teach are applied in practice. A few possible discussion topics: The rule of law and equality before the law; the authority of the attorney general; the legal and moral expectations of elected officials; the role of the media; the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial. Educators who respect themselves and their students should have rejoiced over the chance to discuss these issues and the various dilemmas they pose. Not in Israel’s Education Ministry.

In the 10 days since Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit indicted the prime minister, ministry officials have been silent on the ministry’s online forum for civics teachers, which is usually quite lively. The exceptions were a few teachers who suggested lesson plans or posted an article or two from media outlet. The paltry and cautious debate on the issue highlighted the ongoing silence of ministry professionals. The speed with which Education Minister Rafi Peretz demanded that whoever removed a photo of Netanyahu........

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