The idea proposed by Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) to eliminate mandatory history and literature matriculation exams in Israeli high schools was met with some opposition. On Thursday, Haaretz news reported that several educators came out against the proposal. Prof. Yehuda Bauer of Hebrew University stated that removing such exams from the list of mandatory proficiency testing would create "generations of ape men with a nationalist worldview who are technologically skilled." Others quoted by Haaretz news warned that less of a focus on history and literature in Israeli schools would result in a greater lean toward religion and patriotism.
Prof. Danny Gottwein of Haifa University added, "by getting rid of them, the Israeli student's perception of reality will pass through the filter of religious interpretation, like the Jewish holidays or the Bible, for example," according to Haaretz.