Humanist Schools in the Face of Conflicting Narratives and Social Upheaval: The Case of Israel



This chapter focuses on one alternative network of education in Israel. It is the Network for Humanistic Education whose aims are to promote the worldview of humanism—positing the enhancement of human dignity, equity and growth as the ultimate ends of all human thought and action—as well as developing paradigms of humanistic education and implementing them in kindergartens and schools. This educational endeavor has been taking place within a context of political extremism, conflicting cultural narratives, social upheaval and mass migration of refugees and migrant workers into Israel. In light of these circumstances, the Network embraced a policy of humanistic activism: not limited to the sphere of educational innovations and teachers empowerment but rather extending its activities to the public sphere of social engagement, political lobbying and public campaigning.


Migrant Worker Asylum Seeker Citizenship Education Mass Migration Democratic Citizenship 
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  1. 1.Kibbutzim College of EducationTel AvivIsrael

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