A petition is being filed by the High Court of Justice on Sunday seeking to compel chareidi mosdos to include ‘core subjects’ in their educational curriculum. The petition will target all chareidi schools, those classified as recognized and even those not in the system, talmidei torah and yeshiva ketanos.
Filing the petition are Professors Uriel Reichman, the founder of the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center – Herzliya) along with longtime friend and colleague, Amnon Rubinstein, who currently serves as the IDC dean. The latter is also a former government minister and official of the left-wing Meretz Party.
It appears the two have decided to jump on the growing anti-chareidi bandwagon, opting to file the petition now when the national climate is ripe for such a move.
They are challenging the current status quo which exempts chareidi schools from teaching what is referred to by the Ministry of Education as ‘core subjects’, such as English, math and science. They feel the state is compelled to serve as the ombudsman for the children, who are simply too young to stand up for their own rights. Therefore, they are submitting their petition in the name of the children, the students in chareidi mosdos.
Rubinstein adds that he is quite familiar with the realities of the chareidi education system from his tenure as minister of education, adding he will also never forget when he met with a chareidi youth who left that system, comparing himself “to a turtle left in the jungle without his shell” he concluded.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)