Back to School for Israeli High School Students
Photo by Fukagawa
Israeli high school students will return to school today for the first time since October, as the teachers strike concluded this Thursday.
After months of politicking and arguing over some very valid issues, here are the results of the strike:
- It was the longest strike in Israeli educational history, lasting 65 days, 48 of which were school days
- Teachers received a 17% wage increase overall: 8.5% of which will be given immediately, along with an additional 5% given to all public workers for “wage erosion” (additional raises are promised over the next 13 months)
- Teachers will now be teaching 2 additional classroom hours per week
- The number of students per classroom will be lowered
- The school year will be extended 10– 20 days
- Teachers will be fully reimbursed for the strike– now that’s interesting
Note that in a recent study on Israeli priorities, education was the number one concern, followed by security, corruption, and poverty.
Why Israeli Education Matters: Claim Your Stake
Our Israeli mantra is that our number one natural resource is the brainpower of our people. As much as we believe this, we aren’t acting as if it is true.
Can you imagine your children missing two months of their education? What would happen, how would they make it up? What would you tell them?
Ask yourself why Israeli education matters to you– what’s your stake? I am a stakeholder in Israeli education as:
- A Jew
- An Israeli
- The future parent of an Israeli student
- A strong believe that Israel’s technological prowess is the key to our stability in the Middle East
- A fundraiser for Israeli universities and someone who cares deeply about education
- A colleague to parents of high school and university students
- A peer and friend of university students (and possibly future graduate of an Israeli university)
- A former teacher
Photo by Tom Roy Hobbs
Refer to my original post for the background information: “Supporting Israeli Education: 100,000 Demonstrate for Teachers’ Rights”
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