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ERIC Number: ED262138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Equality, Equity and Excellence in Israel's Junior High Schools: Likelihood or Illusion.
Amir, Yehuda
This paper evaluates whether both equality or equity and excellence can be achieved in the present Israeli junior high schools. While academic goals are high and are, at least to some extent, achieved, the goal of providing an equitable education for students of lower socio-economic backgrounds and different ethnic backgrounds is not achieved. In many ways the emphasis on academic excellence creates problems for disadvantaged students in that teachers feel that the greater the academic input, the greater the progress for advantaged and disadvantaged students alike. However, there are no special programs for disadvantaged students and therefore the students have no opportunity to improve. Furthermore, the transfer to junior high school involves, in most cases, busing which has a negative impact on the disadvantaged students' ability to participate in extracurricular activities, and a homeroom in which disadvantaged students are in a minority and must reject their disadvantaged peers in order to gain acceptance by the advantaged students. The author finds that the tracking system poses further problems--students are all required to take the same subjects, offered at three levels of achievement. This means that frequently disadvantaged students are studying material which will be of absolutely no use to them when they progress to a vocational high school. The disadvantaged students enter the junior high school with high expectations which are usually not met and thus contribute to a problem of negative attitude. It is recommended that administrators and policy makers consider new methods for effectively handling learning and social relations in the classroom. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel