Denise Bruno

Israeli Education as Model for Excellence

The education system in Israel is truly a proof of the country’s commitment to excellence, human capital development, and innovation. As far as I know, Israel is often known to as the “Start-up Nation,” because it has thrived in our advanced world of technology due to its emphasis on education, critical thinking, and skills related to problem solving. In the past years and until now, the Israeli education system which is being characterized by flexibility, innovative practices, and diversity has consistently and will continue to produce outstanding graduates capable of driving its economic progress while also getting more advanced in terms of world technology.

The Israeli education system have three stages: 1. Primary (for those with ages 6-12); 2. Middle (for those with ages 12-15); then 3. Secondary (for those with ages 15-18) education. They also have what they call “Pre-primary education” for children with ages 3-5 which is also common and legally mandated. To encourage overall student development which include social, academic, and emotional well-being, the system follows a comprehensive approach to attain it. Likewise, it also maintains a balance between developing skills necessary for the dynamic modern world and also imparting critical knowledge.

One of the best things about this education system is that, it is comprehensive, catering to diverse religious, and ethnic groups, including Hebrew-speaking Jews, Arabic-speaking Muslims and Christians, Druze, Circassians, and even Bedouin Arabs. With such complex diversity, the Israeli education system continues to excel in promoting a culture of mutual respect which is so far making a difference.

Now I want to share Israel’s emphasis on STEM education. By the way, STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Don’t you know that the driving force behind Israel’s technological and entrepreneurial success is its significant emphasis on STEM education? Remember that Israeli students from an early age are being encouraged to pursue their interests in STEM fields, with several programs or initiatives that are specially designed to motivate curiosity and engagement. This is crucial because the student’s early exposure to STEM education will equip them with necessary skills and knowledge required to succeed in life and also in the technology-driven global economy.

During the 1980’s, when I was studying in a primary school in the Philippines, the core goal of that school was just head knowledge which was so lacking with application at that time. But in our modern times, I am impressed with Israel’s education system which stands out due to its innovative teaching and learning practices. Why? Because the system promotes “learning by doing”. It is actually a method that pushes students to be active learners rather than passive recipients of knowledge. This academic approach is supplemented by the use of technology in classrooms like digital learning platforms, virtual laboratories, and online collaboration tools which are integrated with student’s daily learning. I believe that this approach more likely will result into students to be more interactive and engaging in their learning experiences.

Another good thing about Israeli education system is that it encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. From primary schools and universities, there are classes related to coding and robotics classes which is a big deal. So Israel is developing a generation of future inventors and  problem-solvers. We also often see schools in Israel regularly organize hackathons, knowledge competitions, and entrepreneurial workshops that will provide students with opportunities to develop and demonstrate their innovative ideas.

When it comes to the quality of Israeli education system, the country is continuously investing heavily in teacher training and professional development so as to maintain reputation. Teaching profession in Israel are often seen as desirable career path, that is why Teachers in Israel are well-respected. In order to maintain their methods to best suit the needs of students, regular in-service training programs keep them abreast of the latest academic research, technology advancements, and curriculum changes.

Despite the ongoing success of Israeli education system, there are also some challenges which include disparities in achievement between different student groups and the need for further enhancement of teachers’ status. To address these issues, the Israeli government are closely working to invest in education and introduce some reforms in order to reduce achievement gaps while enhancing the teaching profession. There are also efforts being done to integrate students with special needs and provide them with better learning environment.

Overall, it is now clear that Israeli education system serves as a model of innovation and excellence in the world, driven by a strong focus on STEM education, advanced teaching methods and superb teacher training. By investing in today’s young minds, Israel is ensuring its position as a leading global technological landscape in the future. Countries around the world can draw valuable lessons from Israel’s example as they seek to prepare their students for the challenges and opportunities in the years to come.

About the Author
Denise is a Finance Manager of an IT Company in the Philippines.
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