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[ISRAEL] Education minister drops standardized tests

Education Minister Shai Piron announced the cancellation of national standardized tests (NST) in the upcoming school year.

The reason given for the decision was that the release of the test results to the public exerted undue pressure on students, raised concerns as to the tests’ integrity and harmed teachers’ motivation.

"The standardized tests are important and valuable evaluation tools, which we should continue to use in the future, however they cannot be carried on with in their present format," said Minister Piron. "The current form of the tests harms schools, teachers and students," he added.

Israel is offering new salary bonuses to high school educators based on criteria including their success in motivating pupils to perform their army service, fueling criticism of alleged militarism in its education system.
A head teacher in the Occupied West Bank is pleading with the world to help stop the demolition of his school. [Read his statement below].
The elementary school was built by the residents of Susiya a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Before the school was built children had to walk four kilometers each way to come to school, so many were unable to attend. Now the Israeli administration in the West Bank have issued a demolition order against the school. (via Palestinian Headteacher asks for Solidarity for His School | Teacher Solidarity)

A head teacher in the Occupied West Bank is pleading with the world to help stop the demolition of his school. [Read his statement below].

The elementary school was built by the residents of Susiya a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank. Before the school was built children had to walk four kilometers each way to come to school, so many were unable to attend. Now the Israeli administration in the West Bank have issued a demolition order against the school. (via Palestinian Headteacher asks for Solidarity for His School | Teacher Solidarity)

In an educational revolution of sorts, a growing number of Israeli schools are taking a novel approach to the instruction of Arabic: They’re hiring Arab teachers.


The initiative is about far more than teaching children a new language. Educators say they hope to break down barriers in a society where Jewish and Arab citizens have little day-to-day interaction and often view each other with suspicion.

[RAMALLAH, West Bank] Do Palestinian school textbooks “teach terrorism,” as Newt Gingrich claimed in a recent debate among U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls?

His example — that Palestinians “have text books that say, ‘If there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?’” — is not in any of the texts, researchers say.

As for Gingrich’s broader claim, the textbooks don’t directly encourage anti-Israeli violence, but they also don’t really teach peace, studies say.

NPR

Rana Najadeh, 12, recalled her horror as she bore witness to the destruction. “I got very scared when the soldiers came to demolish our class,” she said. “I rushed out to check on my six year old brother Suleiman, who was crying.”

Read full article here.

(UNICEF provides support to Palestinian students through rehabilitation and psychosocial sessions)

RAMALLAH, 16 March 2011 (IRIN) - The next generation in the Gaza Strip may be less educated, less professional and perhaps more radical because an Israeli blockade has restricted educational and employment opportunities, say UN and other sources
The four-year blockade has particularly affected youths aged 18-24, limiting access to higher education, academic exchanges and professional development, says Gaza’s education ministry. About 65 percent of Gaza’s 1.6 million people are under 25, according to UN estimates. (via IRIN Middle East | OPT: Blockade frustrates Gaza students | OPT | Conflict | Education | Governance | Security)

RAMALLAH, 16 March 2011 (IRIN) - The next generation in the Gaza Strip may be less educated, less professional and perhaps more radical because an Israeli blockade has restricted educational and employment opportunities, say UN and other sources

The four-year blockade has particularly affected youths aged 18-24, limiting access to higher education, academic exchanges and professional development, says Gaza’s education ministry. About 65 percent of Gaza’s 1.6 million people are under 25, according to UN estimates. (via IRIN Middle East | OPT: Blockade frustrates Gaza students | OPT | Conflict | Education | Governance | Security)

The government of Israel and UNESCO will sign an agreement to reinforce their cooperation in developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating denial of the mass murder of Jews and other groups in World War II.
Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, today condemned the demolition of homes, and partial demolition of a school, by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on 12 January in the Bedouin herding community of Dkaika, in the West Bank. He said: “I condemn this demolition in the strongest terms. Fifty people have been made homeless, including 30 children, many of whom were about to take an exam when the bulldozers arrived to destroy part of their school. Instead of sitting down to their exam, the children faced the traumatic scene of watching their homes and classroom be demolished. This is unacceptable.