While Israel’s leading universities are excellent and its hi-tech sector flourishing, the country has one of the lowest productivity levels and the highest poverty rates in the developed world. With roughly half of its children receiving a Third World education, future economic sustainability is not a foregone conclusion. The knowledge needed to raise Israel to viable economic trajectories exists within its borders. But an extremely inadequate education system is unable to channel this knowledge effectively to the primary and secondary schools, which in turn limits the ability to enter quality institutions of higher learning. The lecture will highlight aspects of education’s economic impact and focuses on a number of misconceptions about the state of education in Israel. It will provide an overview of achievements and failings in Israel’s primary, secondary and higher education systems.
This event is free and open to the public.