Education in the Jewish State

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This essay argues that schooling in Israel is tied too closely to ideology. This results in an indoctrinary orientation that contributes to divisiveness and imperils Israeli democracy. After reviewing and critiquing the roots of this orientation, I advance an alternative that understands education as an agent of the good rather than ideology. Israeli schooling requires a vision of goodness broad enough to encompass competing conceptions of Jewish life espoused by the majority as well as non-Jewish orientations affirmed by various minorities. Such a vision can be grounded, I contend, in a democratic Jewish theology that emphasizes God as teacher rather than tyrant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConflicting Philosophies of Education in Israel/Palestine
EditorsIlan Gur-Ze’ev
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-017-1137-1
ISBN (Print)978-90-481-5625-2
StatePublished - 2000


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