Part of a special issue on religion and education. A study examined how Israel's state religious high schools have developed an alternative worldview to the state public schools' secular view. The study focused on the schools' different attitudes to the study of the sciences and the humanities. The study analyzed data from a 1989 study by the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture on academic programs in 12th grade. Findings support the hypotheses that state religious high schools do not make a secular distinction between the sciences and the humanities, that specializations in the Bible and oral law are used as selection criteria for secular subjects and are determinants of distinction in state religious schools, and that English and chemistry are regarded as more suitable for girls' than for boys' career preparation. The study concludes that in the state religious sector, patterns of inequality are more diverse and related to the religious principles of curriculum composition.
- Secondary education
- Religious education