chapter  11
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ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES: COMPARISONS AND COMMONALITIES IN SCHOOL DESEGREGATION

The preceding chapters present a comprehensive picture of the educational system in Israel and its attempt to deal with ethnic and social class divergence among Jews. This chapter discusses some of the findings and ideas presented in the preceding chapters and relates them to school desegregation outcomes in the United States. As is often true when one seeks to compare individual cases, similarities and disparities emerge. Given the many objective differences between Israel and the United States in history, geography, populations, racial ethnic composition, and international politics, however, the parallels that characterize the ways in which the two countries have approached the fact of ethnic divergence in their schools are the mare striking. Before beginning my discussion I trace briefly these broad similarities in approach to the issues and problems over the course of time.