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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Education Minister? Really?!

Is anyone else out there completely at a loss for words in the face of Yair Lapid's demand for the Education Ministry in the current coalition negotiations?

I mean seriously, Lapid never even finished high school... never passed his 'Bagrut' (matriculation exams)... never got a degree... was even thrown out of a post graduate degree program once it came to light that he didn't possess even the minimum requirements for admission to the program...

And he honestly sees nothing problematic with demanding to be Minister of Education for the State of Israel?

I think I've finally found a working definition of the word 'Chutzpah'!

Posted by David Bogner on March 12, 2013 | Permalink


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maybe somebody apparently not ungifted who couldn't make it within the system knows something about it which compliant ones don't

Posted by: Silke | Mar 12, 2013 5:25:04 PM

Is he demanding it for himself, or for his party (in particular Rav Piron)? My sense is it would probably be a good thing were Rabbi Piron to get the post...

Posted by: Jonathan | Mar 12, 2013 6:20:27 PM

Welcome Back!!!!!!

Posted by: Kiwi Noa | Mar 12, 2013 6:39:18 PM

He is not demanding the post for himself.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 12, 2013 7:37:24 PM

I didn't hear you complaining about Limor Livnat.

Posted by: Simon | Mar 12, 2013 11:26:36 PM

I understand the objections to Piron, but if Likud is able to secure Interior in exchange,it might be an OK trade. With Lapid at Finance, and Livni in the mix,I see a short life for this government.

Posted by: Ed | Mar 13, 2013 2:15:10 AM

He wants it for Rav Shay Piron, who is a very experienced educator. Not for himself.

Posted by: sara g | Mar 13, 2013 7:40:30 PM

As others said before, Lapid wanted this position for Shai Piron, who has a long experience in education .Lapid is dyslectic and had great difficulties in the formal education system at a time when dyslexia was not recognized. I have great empathy for him because in spite of his lerning disabilities he accomplished a great deal as a writer and more. Also, one of my daughters is dyslectic, a fact that was not diagnosed until she was 26 years old. Due to the diagnosis and help from the university, she was able to graduate from Dental School at the University of Pennsylvania. Everybody deserves a second chance.

Posted by: Ofra Leon | Mar 14, 2013 10:38:37 PM

I love you, but here I'd say "Don't be a snob."
The man is obviously someone with writing and speaking

He has clearly demonstrated proficiency beyond what is
expected in high school. So what if he was a bad student
in high school or dropped out?

What matters is the man now, not what he was as a teenager.
(Thank G-d, I'm not judged by how I was when I was a teenager.)

If Ofra is right, then all the more power to him.

Finally suppose Lapid was an idiot. Why would it be better
to have an idiot as Minister of Finance rather than Minister
of Education?

But that's academic (pun intended) given I think it's agreed
he isn't an idiot. Given he's been successful, in addition to
not being an idiot, he must be proficient among other dimensions.

I think the educational establishment gives itself much too much
credit for their student's success. I'd be glad to have someone
overseeing them who was successful despite having done badly in
school and I say this as a college professor.

Posted by: Jonathan | Mar 15, 2013 11:29:35 PM

I would like to express wholehearted agreement with all of Jonathan's points.

Posted by: Alisha | Mar 17, 2013 3:58:47 PM

At a time of budget cuts,the PM and FM have to be on the same page,but so far they seem to be rivals who have arrived at a temp truce. Should be interesting once the cutting starts.

Posted by: Ed | Mar 17, 2013 6:51:40 PM

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