By Abraham Rabinovich
During this galvanizing account of the main dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who stated the clash for the Jerusalem put up, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Rabinovich’s masterly narrative starts as Israel convinces itself there'll be no battle, whereas Egypt and Syria plot the two-front clash. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring around the shattered Bar-Lev Line within the Sinai and during the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air strength couldn't cease them. at the Golan by myself, Syria despatched 1,460 tanks opposed to Israel’s 177, and one hundred fifteen artillery batteries opposed to Israel’s eleven. And for the 1st time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank guns have been in a position to cease tank fees, whereas surface-to-air missiles safe these troops from air attack
Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the interior sanctums of army and political choice making. He permits us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians at the run through the subsequent Wednesday and the good counterattack around the Suez Canal that, as soon as began, took overseas intervention to halt.
Using broad interviews with either members and observers, and with entry to lately declassified fabrics, Rabinovich indicates that the drama of the conflict lay not just within the battles but additionally within the apocalyptic visions it brought on in Israel, the hopes and fears it encouraged within the Arab international, the heated conflicts on either side in regards to the behavior of the warfare, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A accomplished account of 1 of the pivotal conflicts of the 20 th century.
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New approaches to learning are seen to be an essential prerequisite if the needs of the new economy are to be met. No matter how well-developed education systems are, if they are characterised by traditional academic curriculum, traditional forms of rote learning, traditional examination based assessment practices, they are not likely to produce citizens who can contribute to a new ideas based economy. This is a fundamental plank in current curriculum reform agendas in those parts of Asia where further development is premised on technology-driven economic development.
Lifelong Learning and All-round Development” is our expectation of everyone in this era. Education is infinitely important for everyone. (Para. 3) The development of citizenship curriculum in Hong Kong has to be understood within this multifaceted context of change in Hong Kong. Citizenship education has become a contentious topic since the change of sovereignty was confirmed in 1984 by the Joint Lee 31 Declaration of the British and Chinese governments. Before the handover in 1997, debates and discussions pervaded society over how citizenship education should be develop thereafter.
Yet in the future, all citizens will need to have knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to engage with civic issues. The kind of assessment associated with the reforms can achieve this objective because it is focused on the individual, but external tests imposed on schools for accountability purposes cannot. Aggregated data might provide indicators of system level learning, but they cannot help individuals to learn. Assessment needs to provide feedback to individuals so that they can improve their learning and, unless it does this, learning becomes defined by test results.