Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Don't push secular education on ultra-Orthodox public


Someone in the political system actually thinks this is the right way to compel the ultra-Orthodox to teach secular curriculum. If you also think that, here's some news for you - this type of coercion has failed to yield results in the past 30 years, and it will not work in the future.

There is no argument that secular education is an important tool to be financially stable. Knowing English and understanding math is essential. But in order to have a proper discourse on the subject, we need to let go of the prejudiced perception and arrogant view that secular people know what's best for the "primitive" ultra-Orthodox public.


  1. Those who oppose this move basically say that as long as these institutions refuse to teach secular subjects, ultra-Orthodox children should continue to study in boiling-hot caravans, with teachers who barely get paid."

    This is how it always was, and how it will produce greater talmidei chachamim, who are meant to toil with bread and salt water and not use the Torah as a spade to dig with.

  2. If the Chareidi community was willing to have an open discussion and agree to some compromises, then force wouldn't be necessary. However their opening and only statement is "We're going to do whatever we want and we'll never agree to anything you say but we still want you to pay our bills."


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