The crisis of Israeli education is due to libertarianism. The teachers’ low pay certainly drives some of the best cadres away from education, but that is not the major problem: the best teachers rarely find high-paying jobs in the commercial sector anyway. Rather, universal disrespect for teachers is the problem. Children are taught to disrespect teachers: ignore them when they enter the class, call them by name instead of title, and generally behave in a familiar way toward the teachers. Parents join the subversion of teachers’ prestige: they criticize teachers with their children present, defend their children in disputes with teachers, and even demand sanctions against school principals.

Corruption adds to the problem: the Ministry of Education changes textbooks almost every year to provide publishers with windfall profits, but teachers don’t have enough time to familiarize themselves with new books. Ever-changing political course also substantially changes the subject. Socialist nihilism allows induction of teachers with a mere three years of professional courses instead of a university degree; such teachers usually lack erudition.

The solution to the Israeli education problem requires several steps. First, return to the world’s best education, proved by twenty-three centuries of unparalleled success: Jewish religious education from the age of three or five, including reading, massive memorization, and various types of analysis. Second, fire at least half of the teachers and bring the best teachers from India, Russia, and other low-wage countries. Three, reduce the school time to reasonable; twelve-year general education is absurd. Four, increase the teachers’ pay by 30-35 percent to society’s average. Five, mandate the showing of respect to teachers.