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Tuesday, April 07, 2015 

Former Haredis sue state for lack of basic education

A group of ex-Haredis are suing over the lack of proper education they got in their younger years:
Former members of the haredi community who have abandoned their way of life, mostly becoming secular, have announced that they will be submitting a lawsuit against the state because they received no basic education.

Their organization, Leaving for Change (LFC), is seeking to sue the state for what it calls its failure to implement the law for compulsory education. The NGO has published an online form, disseminated through social media, asking people to submit details of the education they received in the haredi school system, as well as any subsequent education outside of the haredi system, and how much these studies cost them.

The large majority of haredi boys in Israel are taught extremely basic math and English in elementary school, and virtually none at all in high school. Other core curriculum subjects, such as sciences and literature, are totally ignored.

More than 90 percent do not obtain a high school diploma.

[...] “What we want to do is force the state to ensure that there is available financial assistance for people who have left the haredi community and need to bridge the gaps in their education that resulted from the state failing to ensure they received the requisite tools for employment and higher education at the usual primary and secondary school age,” Shenvald said.
A lot must be done to ensure Haredi schools provide education for subjects like math and science just as much as Torah itself.

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