We often hear stories about condoning cheating in Israeli schools, and in the religious sector as well. One a retired teacher told me she didn’t see anything wrong with it. She cheated as a student, and her children did, too.
So I found it refreshing when my daughter’s high school principal canceled this year’s hachtarah, after senior girls texted answers to friends during an important exam. In Israeli religious schools the hachtarah rates somewhere between an American senior prom and homecoming. But instead of crowning a queen, they crown the Rabbanit Purim (rebbetzin, or rabbi’s wife). The focus is humor, not beauty.
The principal knew the girls wouldn’t give up on the event, so she asked the mayor to make sure it wouldn’t be local. The girls had to rent a hall in a neighboring town and sell tickets. My daughter and her friends wouldn’t go, and I’m curious how many showed up.
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