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“University students, normally a placid bunch, over the last weeks have blocked roads in protest of stipends amounting to $30 million a year for the eternal students of the kollels, which are seminaries for married men.”

The New York Times features a story UD‘s been covering for some time – the scandal of Israel’s subsidized, ignorant, ultra-orthodox.

In the haredi [school] system, secular subjects like math and English are barely taught. Many see this situation as unsustainable.

“We have a few years to get our act together,” warned Dan Ben-David, an economist and director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, an independent research institute.

“If not, there will be a point of no return.”

Israel spends its education dollars on thousands of eternal students who learn little and teach their children just as little. Actual university students can suck it up.

Margaret Soltan, December 28, 2010 4:54PM
Posted in: foreign universities

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