Chareidi Educational Institutions will not be Funded Unless They teach the Core Curriculum
By Yechiel Sever
The new Education Minister, Rabbi Shai Piron from the Yesh Atid party, declared, "Chareidi institutions will not receive government monies unless they incorporate the Liba Core Curriculum." In other words, chadorim which do not teach mathematics, English and Civic studies would not receive any government funding. "The chareidim will come to understand that we will not underwrite [a curriculum] which is against our interests. Institutions which teach the Core program will receive a full 100% coverage and those who do not will suffer." Rabbi Piron is the head of a high school yeshiva in Petach Tikva and one of the founders of the Zohar movement.
In response to these blunt words of the Minister of Education who is trying to coerce an alien lifestyle upon the chareidi public, the rabbonim and people in chareidi education said, "The pure education which has proven successful shall continue to flourish, b'ezras Hashem, and we will not allow a foothold or intervention whatsoever in the highest inviolable principle of Judaism which is subservient only to the authority of gedolei Yisroel. We will stand firmly and staunchly on guard for our educational independence without being frightened by threats or enticements from the government under the guise of concern. We will not allow the infiltration of Greek culture in our sacred education, for a weighty and decisive responsibility rests upon us to continue the heritage and tradition of our forefathers and rabbis without any change whatsoever."
The rabbis and educators added that whoever is exposed, even negligibly, to the floundering education system of the secular public as compared to the significant success of the chareidi chinuch can only be shocked by the deceitful declarations of the Education Minister. "Instead of concentrating on the failures of the State Educational system and copying the successful chareidi model of education, they try again and again to harm chareidi education," said chareidi observers.