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Education Minister Diluted Civics Studies. That’s the Citizens He Wants

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14.11.2019

“Even though this is a transitional government, I intend to learn about the ministry and instill it with the values for whose sake I was elected,” Rafi Peretz announced when he entered the Education Ministry. That sentence was perfect.

First, precisely because he serves in a government that didn’t gain the Knesset’s confidence, this temporary minister has no mandate to instill the values in whose name he was elected. Second, at that time, Peretz hadn’t even been elected yet. He had been chosen solely by members of his Habayit Hayehudi party’s public council.

An unelected minister in a government that couldn’t win a majority – that’s the essence of the current education minister’s concept of civics, which he is now trying to instill in students.

As the education minister’s expiry date neared, his ministry published a teacher’s guide for civics. Quite a lot has been said about the guide’s instructions to separate the rule of law from human rights, as if the very term “the rule of law” weren’t a right that people have........

© Haaretz