"There's a lot of similar problems" between the two nations' educational institutions, said [David Shepard]. "Their classes are too big, and they have similar problems in low-income areas."He even remarked that the Jewish state has its own variation on "separate, but equal" status, which plagued American schools for decades. Israel, he said, "has different tracks in the education system for Jewish and non-Jewish students.""I hadn't realized that Arab schools were different from Jewish schools," said [Ashley Novack], a math teacher at Paul Robeson High School in West Philadelphia. "In Arab schools, they still have curriculum set by the Israeli state, but they still have to learn Tanach, which surprised me."