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Israeli ultra-Orthodox divided over studying math, English

Some ultra-Orthodox parents are now rejecting the longstanding stance of their leaders against teaching math and English in ultra-Orthodox schools.
The Beltz rabbi with his followers at Yeshiva Hall, Jerusalem, May 2022.

An interesting question reached the court recently. The plaintiffs were young people who had left the ultra-Orthodox path and sued the Israeli government, accusing it of failing to mandate the ultra-Orthodox education system to include general secular education, especially math and English, in its curricula. According to the youth, if they seek to gain higher education they must close learning gaps, and they accuse the state of not ensuring their education.

The suit brought against the state was dismissed. The state claimed that the suit should have been aimed at the parents, since they are the ones who denied their children education by sending them to ultra-Orthodox institutions rather than the public schools available to them. 

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