The Mora D’asra of Modi’in Illit, HaRav Meir Kessler, spoke out against teaching children secular subjects, warning, “They are preparing the children for the workplace”.
In a letter penned by Rav Kessler regarding the matter of introducing math, English and science to the curriculum of chareidi children in talmidei torah, Rav Kessler warns, “The goal is to prepare them to get out into the workplace and to become a member of the general society. We must strengthen the children’s desire to learn Torah.”
Rav Kessler publicized his letter in the chareidi city, warning against classes in secular subjects for the city’s children, for he fears this agenda is being pushed by the government to prepare the children to join the workforce instead of continuing to study Torah.
According to a BeChadrei Chareidim report, the rav points out that Maran Gedolei Yisrael Shlita over recent years have warned against this, speaking out against introducing secular subjects into the chareidi curriculum in the strongest terms, insisting the state cannot and will not have a hand in deciding what chareidi children will learn.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)