The end for English Jewry? Hebrew no longer a 'foreign language' for schoolssecond largest Jewish community in Europe, but that may soon be changing.
In what could be the last straw for English Jewry (or at least for those Jews affiliated enough to send their kids to Jewish schools), the British government has decided to withdraw recognition from Hebrew as a 'foreign language.' Children between the ages of 7-11 in England must be taught a foreign language, and Hebrew no longer qualifies. Arabic anyone? (Hat Tip: Shy Guy).
The U.K. government has dropped Hebrew as an official recognized language for the purpose of teaching it to school children, according to press reports.
Hey guys - come to Israel, where English is the most commonly taught foreign language. Either that, or take lessons from Montreal, where the Jewish schools have to teach their children Hebrew, English and French. But Montreal hasn't gone Islamic yet like England has. No one there teaches their kids Arabic.The government exclusion of Hebrew from the provided list of officially recognized languages for primary schools could damage Jewish education, the Board of Deputies warned this week.Education Minister Elizabeth Truss last month announced plans to make it mandatory from September 2014, to teach a foreign language to children aged 7 to 11. Schools must offer at least one of seven recognized languages, excluding Hebrew.Many elementary Jewish schools, who have to fit in Jewish studies, along with the national curriculum, are currently offering only Hebrew as a foreign language. According to the Board, they would be unable to continue their education if they were forced to offer another foreign language.
Think about it.... We could sure use you here.