The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy is pleased to announce the upcoming public forum

Myths and Realities: The True Story of Israeli Education

Professor Yuli Tamir
Shenkar College

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm-2:00pm

This talk will briefly describe the challenges facing the Israeli education system. It will argue that the main difficulties the Israeli education system is facing are grounded in the social- economic crisis that Israeli society is facing and not, as many claim, in the low level of either teachers or the education system as a whole. In Israel, as well as in the USA and elsewhere, educational failure is grounded in poverty and alienation. At its best Israeli education produces able, creative, innovative graduates - it does so not only theough formal education but also through informal channels such as: youth movements, pre-military activities and the army itself. But most of these opportunities are class related. Improving education in Israel is then a social not an educational issue.

Professor Yuli Tamir, current president of Shenkar College in Israel, served as Minister of Education from 2006 to 2009. She has ! also served as deputy speaker of the Knesset and was Minister of Immigrant Absorption from 1999 to 2001. Professor Tamir earned her BA and MA from Hebrew University, her PhD from Oxford. She is the author of Liberal Nationalism and editor of Democratic Education in a Multicultural State, and has published numerous articles in the fields of moral and political philosophy, feminism and human rights and philosophy of education.


Event Details:

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:30pm-2:00pm
New York University
Payne Room
82 Washington Square East
Pless Hall 5th Floor

Light refreshments

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Seating is extremely limited. ID required.