“The State of Israel cannot fulfill its mission – that of implementing development projects and major immigrant absorption – if science is not imposed on all sectors of life; if foremost scientific conquests and sophisticated techniques do not form the basis of our agriculture, factories, industry, navigation, aviation and housing; and if maximum encouragement is not given to those engaged in science, both pure and applied, to expand those conquests.”
(David Ben-Gurion, 1948)
The state of schooling and education in Israel has interested experts and politicians for decades. The media often publishes selected data from official reports and indices – both Israeli and international – demonstrating that the state of education in Israel is far from satisfactory.1
The desire to excel in the spheres of education, science, and technology stems from the tradition and culture of the Jewish people, as well as from practical aspects – the recognition that these are indispensable for Israel’s existence and success, as described by David Ben-Gurion during the state’s early days.