HISTORY EDUCATION IN ISRAEL: BETWEEN THE SILICON VALLEY AND THE THIRD TEMPLE

Roy Weintraub, Nimrod Tal, Eyal Naveh

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

This article uses the dramatic education reforms that taking place in the Israel to explore the question of ‘Why History Education?’ in the Israeli context. Using a wide variety of sources – from official curricula through matriculation tests to lesson plans – the article conducts a diachronic analysis spanning eight decades, from the establishment of the State of Israel to the present day. It places the changes in Israeli history education in a broader international context within which the great historical canons and national identity goals were undermined. The analysis shows that in recent decades Israel’s history education has undergone a twofold trend. On the one hand, the secular public sought to move away from the narrow national narrative, focusing instead on the development of historical thinking skills and other useful tools in the twenty-first-century economy. Religious Zionist education, on the other hand, wished to take advantage of the ideological space that created by the erosion of the classic Zionist narrative, to establish a new narrative based on the principles of the Torah of Israel and its prophets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-34
Number of pages22
JournalYearbook of the International Society for History Didactics
Volume2023
Issue number43
StatePublished - 2022

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'HISTORY EDUCATION IN ISRAEL: BETWEEN THE SILICON VALLEY AND THE THIRD TEMPLE'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this