Haaretz, Apr 22, 2017


“I had no idea it was this bad,” wrote one parent, who said such content, including stories about the “advantage of the Jews and Judaism over the terrible non-Jews” create a one-sided discussion that aims to instill a religious outlook, in a reading textbook that should reflect a wide range of texts and content.”

[...] One glaring example of the value judgments being inserted is found in a book called “Me and My Family, Me and My Friends,” which offers a visual illustration of the differences between families that are mutually supportive and those that are not: The very religious-looking Goldberg family is depicted as treating one another with great consideration, while the secular-looking Levy family is depicted as mostly shouting at each other [....]

Shalev-Reicher says the findings “reinforce the feelings of many parents who feel that the public school system and its leaders are betraying them and that the ultimate aim of introducing more religion into the state school system is to reshape the character of the secular public.”