Approval and rejection of history textbooks and curricula and the political agenda in the State of Israel
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What can we learn from the rejection of textbooks? The repercussions would indicate that history textbooks are an important medium – agents of socialization – in creating a national memory and defining a collective identity and values. Furthermore, their approval, and especially their rejection, reflect perceptions with regard to the role of the state as an involved educational authority in shaping the character of Israeli society. In Israel, history has become the main device for achieving ethical and national goals in education. The main question of this research is: under what circumstances were history textbooks and curricula placed on the political agenda and what happened as a result? This study is based on an historical analysis of primary sources from both State and Knesset archives. It examines the procedures for acceptance and rejection of history textbooks together with the professional and political authorities involved. This examination can point to changes in values, in educational messages and in the perception of identity in Israeli society.
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