Israeli students do not have a good understanding of their Jewish heritage or Zionist history, according to the National Authority for Assessment and Evaluation in Education. Data collected from the Authority's latest survey show Israeli ninth graders averaged a score of only 66% on a national examination in Jewish Heritage, Zionism, and Democracy last May. The exam, which is divided into three parts, consists of 100 items concerning Jewish Heritage, Zionism, and Democracy.
Education Minister Yuli Tamir recently decided to cut funding for a program in which Jewish volunteers teach Jewish heritage in elementary schools. She also said she would include in government textbooks designed for the Arab sector lessons depicting