Israeli teachers and parents miffed by directive to sing Hatikva at kindergartens

19.07.2011                      17.Tammus, 5771                     Fasttag im Tammus

Kindergarten:

Israeli teachers and parents miffed by directive to sing Hatikva at kindergartens

Education Ministry directive sent to principals as part of an effort to strengthen Zionist and Jewish identities among children.

The recent Education Ministry directive requiring preschools in Jewish areas of the country to begin each week by raising the Israeli flag and singing the national anthem has sparked a great deal of criticism among both teachers and parents.
"It's brainwashing," said Avivit, a nursery school teacher in Ramat Gan yesterday, adding: "In my opinion, there are things that are a lot more important in the children's education at that age. If they want children who love the Land of Israel, the way to achieve this is not by singing the anthem and raising the flag."…