Test prep question asks students: 'Which race is superior' in Israel?'

Haaretz.com: Teenagers in an alternative school program were surprised this week to discover the following question on a worksheet on “Nazi ideology and policy”: “From your acquaintance with the peoples that live in Israel, which is the superior race and which is the inferior race?”

The students were part of the Hila program in Petah Tikvah — Hila provides education for teenagers who have dropped out of the state school system. Some 8,000 students are enrolled in the program nationwide. The teachers are employed as subcontractors and not by the Education Ministry.

The worksheet was a prep sheet for a test culminating 10 years of Holocaust studies; for these students the test takes the place of Israel’s matriculation exam in history.

One teacher said she was just as surprised as her students about the question. She said the worksheet was part of reading material prepared by a teacher who no longer works for Hila.

Reshet Atid, Hila teachers’ employer, said it regrets that the student received material that included the “hurtful question,” condemning it as contrary to the company’s values. Reshet Atid added that the teaching material was composed privately by a former teacher, and accidently given to the student by a municipality employee.


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