Who Decides What We Learn in School?

A hundred years ago, when the British Mandate began, the Yishuv (the Jewish community in pre-state Israel) had a dilemma: should education be financed and controlled by the British, or should it remain independent? The British education system in Palestine was a strange mix: the curriculum was Ottoman, the syllabus was French, and the textbooks came from Egypt.

The leaders of the Yishuv decided to give up British funding and create an independent education system. And what did students learn in these schools? They emphasized Zionist values, the importance of the Tanach, and agricultural training as the future pioneers of the land.

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