[EDLING:115] Israel: Teach English
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 13 13:39:08 UTC 2007
Underpinned by a variety of local ad hoc solutions, the English-speakers
program supplies an essential service to native Israeli children with high
English proficiency and to the children of immigrants, immensely smoothing
their way forward into higher education and high-level careers.
By all reasonable yardsticks, this ought to be the last priority for the
ministry to tinker with, except to improve it further.
The numbers of both pupils and teachers involved is, in fact, sufficiently
small to allow for ministry financing where the demand exists. Moreover,
English is no luxury in our cultural, technical and economic environment.
English is today's lingua franca and the rise of the Internet has only made it
even more vital than ever before.
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