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Ynet reports:

Livnat bill: Every student must visit museum

Proposal by MK Limor Livant would require every Israeli pupil to visit museum, attend two cultural events every year. Former education minister notes: ‘Not all students have such opportunities, especially in the periphery.’ Students’ parents to foot bill

So, seen any good theatre shows lately? A new bill proposed to the Knesset by MK Limor Livant means all Israeli students (grades 1-12) would have to do just that. Livnat’s bill would require all primary and high school students to attend three separate “cultural events” annually, including one obligatory trip to a museum.

A “cultural event”, as defined by this bill, is any culturally relevant theatre show, musical performance, or dance recital. A committee established by the minister of education will convene annually to compose a “cultural basket”, or list of cultural events and museums that students can choose to attend.

As for funding, the state will subsidize half the cost of attendance at these events, and local municipalities will chip in as well, but students’ parents will have to foot the remainder of the bill through school fees.

Justifying her proposed bill, Livant writes: “The arts and culture are an indispensable part of the educational process, helping to mold and inspire the citizens of tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Israeli educational system has done little as of late to invest in the arts, seriously compromising the future of art and culture in the state.”

Meanwhile, the Ynet reporter mispelled “Livnat” no fewer than 3 times.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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