One step forward, two steps backward: Special education in Israel

Thomas P. Gumpel*

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The Israeli education system in general and the special education system in particular face enormous challenges. Israel is a highly complex society, fractured into different sectors where each sector unabashedly pushes its own agenda and tries to dictate government policy. Israel is also an immigrant country with a large indigenous population and is engaged in an ongoing political, national, and military conflict with enemies without and competing national narratives within. It would be inconceivable that these monumental stresses would not impact on society's greatest instrument of socialization, social control, and homogenization: the education system. The provision of special services to children with special educational needs is a civil and human rights issue, and so these fractures in Israeli society are amplified in the special education system.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInternational Practices in Special Education
Subtitle of host publicationDebates and Challenges
PublisherGallaudet University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1563685094, 9781563685095
StatePublished - 2011


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