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After a thorough, rigorous and comprehensive development process, the Ministry of Education published a new social studies curriculum ('ezrahut') for the secondary school. This innovative program is part of the liberal arts reform initiated by Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton and will be launched this academic year. The new program intertwines learning, mastering skills and discussing values. Mandatory chapters include the study of the Declaration of Independence, which is the founding document of the State of Israel, as well as Jewish values and democratic principles and their reflection in the work of Israeli government. It also examines the work of local authorities, the characteristics of Israeli society, the education of an active citizenship, etc. In addition, the teacher will be able to choose from a variety of topics, allowing open dialogue on complex and confusing issues, including, but not limited to, Israel's relations with the diaspora, minorities in Israel, relations between religion and state, media and democracy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, international and global aspects, economic policy, political system and the vision of the founding fathers. The new program develops many skills, including a critical approach, creativity and flexibility of thinking, the ability to distinguish facts from opinions, linguistic literacy, social awareness, the ability to formulate, argue and express a position, the ability to accept a variety of opinions. Minister of Education Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton: “The new civics curriculum is part of a broad process we launched this year in high school as part of the liberal arts reform to adapt teaching to the demands of the 21st century. This program will help develop critical and independent thinking in graduates of the educational system, and will contribute to the formation of the identity of the citizen of tomorrow in the Jewish and democratic state of Israel. Director General of the Ministry of Education Dalit Stauber: “After a long and painstaking work, a modern, innovative and innovative curriculum is being launched today. This is important news for the education system and for Israeli society in all its aspects. It equips students with knowledge, develops skills, and builds values by encouraging them to discuss the difficult dilemmas of Israeli society.
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