Israel, Arab Education in

Arab education, covering Muslim, Christian, Druze, and Bedouin students, is one of four streams in the Israeli educational system. The content and administration of Arab education is controversial owing to issues of equality, balance, and the diversity of Israel's population. This entry describes Israel's education system and the Arab sector, and the implications of minority education for other nations.

The Israeli Education System

Israel's education system provides free and compulsory schooling for children from ages 5 to 14. Preprimary schooling begins at age 2, and at age 5 students enter kindergarten. Primary school generally runs from first through eighth grade, and secondary from Grades 9 through 12. Postsecondary education includes vocational and teacher-training institutes, colleges, and universities.

Jews and Arabs have been segregated in the K–12 education system ...

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