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Educating Israel: Educational Entrepreneurship in Israel's Multicultural Society


reviewed by Tali Yariv Mashal — May 21, 2007

coverTitle: Educating Israel: Educational Entrepreneurship in Israel's Multicultural Society
Author(s): Yehuda Bar Shalom
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403972745 , Pages: 192, Year: 2006
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In the past decade, Israel's main political and moral dilemma has been described as a need to choose between a particularistic commitment to being a Jewish–Zionist state and the universalistic commitment to being a Western-style democracy (Shafir & Peled, 2002). In a simplistic manner, one could argue that while accepting the Jewish ideal often means excluding Palestinians and other non-Jewish people from equal citizenship, the second option, highlighting the democratic aspirations of the state, could undermine the Jewish-Zionist ideology by making Israel a state of all its citizens. But between these two extreme descriptions lies a reality of many compromises, each seeking to achieve both social justice and communal national identity. The reality, as it goes, is much more complex than the ideology, presenting delicate and powerful dilemmas within the unique social Israeli scene. Israeli society today is characterized by a level of multiculturalism that presents deep social rifts. Amongst them,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 21, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14493, Date Accessed: 3/30/2017 12:38:11 PM

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  • Tali Mashal
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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    TALI YARIV MASHAL, Phd, specializes in comparative education. She is currently a research fellow at the Gilo Citizenship Democracy and Civic Education Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel, and head of the Excellence Program at the Beit Berl Teachers College. She has researched various aspects of social and political educational disocurse in Israel, as well as aspects of civic education in Israel's mulitcultural social realities. Her most recent publications include: “A comparative look at current educational reform in Israel: The Dovrat reform in Israel and NCLB in U.S.A” in Ha’hinuch Ve’svivo (Tel Aviv, June 2006); “Governing through educational discourse: The case of integration in Israel, 1970-1973” in Federal Governance (Queens University, Canada, April 2005); "Helping to make a case for integration: The Israeli Black Panthers" in Gita Steiner-Khamsi (Ed.) Global politics of educational borrowing and lending (NY: Teachers College Press, October 2004, pp. 88-100).
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