Bagrut: Who'se to Blame?
I'm not a big fan of the bagrut: Israel's high-school matriculation exam. Often, they become the be-all-and-end-all of schooling in tenth through twelfth grade, with students doing little but preparing for stifling standardized exams. And, while we are at it, about half the students don't pass. I don't think there are too many people in Israeli education who think that the exams work well, but nobody seems poised to do anything about it. Israeli radio gave an intelligent high-school student a recorder, and sent him out to find out what's wrong. Listen here (Hebrew).