Dr. Iris Ben-David Hadar
Forecast for September 1: On-paper budgets, student dropout, and increased delinquency
Most teachers have not been trained in online learning, the full equipment needed will perhaps be purchased next year and experts warn of a surge in the number of high school dropouts. The Ministry of Education prides itself on the new curriculum, but it is full of holes and raises concern for another lost year
The problem is even more serious among the children of foreign workers and asylum seekers, 94 per cent of whom were born in Israel and now number about 6,100. Prof. Iris Ben-David Hadar of Bar-Ilan University's School of Education says that "these students have no computers in their homes and no Internet connection. They even have difficulty using their parents' phones, which are spared while using Tokman because of the expensive cost."
Given all of these. it was appropriate to prepare a plan to complete gaps existing at the end of the Corona period that would include locating dropouts and getting them back on track, auxiliary lessons, reinforcement rates and allowing the possibility of a repeat of 12th grade.
Dr. Iris Ben-David Hadar
For the full article: שובר שוויון סיבות לפערים במערכת החינוך
Dr. Sarah Friedel
This is an Accepted Manuscript for International Psychogeriatrics as part of the
Cambridge Coronavirus Collection.
COVID-19 Health Worries and Anxiety Symptoms among Older Adults: The
Moderating Role of Ageism
Dr. Yoav S. Bergman * 1
Dr. Sara Cohen-Fridel 2
Prof. Amit Shrira 3
Prof. Ehud Bodner 3,4
Prof. Yuval Palgi 5
1 Faculty of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College, 12 Ben Tzvi St., Ashkelon,
2 School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52900
3 Interdisciplinary Department of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan,
4 Department of Music, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel 52900
5 Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa, 199 Abba Khoushy Ave., Haifa,
Dr. Yoav S. Bergman
Faculty of Social Work, Ashkelon Academic College
12 Ben Tzvi St., Ashkelon, 78211, Israel
Tel. +972-54-2124400, Fax +972-9-9516212
A prominent feature of anxiety in late life is concerns regarding physical health.
Anxiety symptoms among older adults have been connected with various psychological
outcomes, including social isolation and loneliness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many
societies have demonstrated increased ageist attitudes, encouraging older adults to distance
themselves from society. Accordingly, the current study examined the moderating role of
COVID-19-related ageism in the connection between COVID-19 health worries and anxiety
symptoms among older adults.
Data was collected from 243 older adults (age range 60-92; M = 69.75, SD = 6.69),
who completed scales assessing COVID-19-related health worries and ageism, as well as
anxiety symptoms. The results demonstrated that both health worries and ageism were
positively associated with anxiety symptoms. Moreover, the connection between health
worries and anxiety symptoms was more pronounced among older adults with high ageism
levels. The study highlights the vulnerability of older adults in general, and ageist older adults
in particular, to the negative consequences of COVID-19-related health worries, and
emphasizes the role of the increased ageist stance of society during the pandemic in this
Keywords: Ageism, Anxiety symptoms, COVID-19, COVID-19-related health
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