School Reforms

Most parents under 35 do not believe in public education, consider sending their children to private schools, a new survey reveals
56% of Israelis under 35 believe that the quality of public education has deterioratedin recent years, according to a Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) survey. JIMS found that 58% of parents under 35 either send or have considered sending their children to private schools. In addition, 52% of young Israelis support a school voucher program, in which the state education budget would be distributed among parents who would choose and fund their child's school.
Israeli teachers'  salaries and  investment  in  education  in  Israel  are  higher  than  the  OECD  average,  but student  achievement  is lower  and the  gap  between  strong  and  weak  students is bigger.  For  example,  the  average  salary  ofa  high  school teacher in Israel  stands  at  92%  of  the  average  salary  of  other  college  educated  workers in  the  country,  relative  to 90%  in  the OECD.

In Israel, as in many Western countries, global warm­ing is taught in schools solely according to the UN guidelines defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with no other competing views presented to students. In this paper, JIMS argues that since IPCC theories have been scientifically ques­tioned by other theories of climate change, Israeli stu­dents should be taught all competing theories, not just the one promulgated by the IPCC.