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Contemporary Israeli Theory and Philosophy of Education: Major Trends and Practical Implications in the Multicultural Construction of Israeli Education
This research stems from the understanding that a mapping out of major trends in contemporary Israeli theory and philosophy of education will be of value to researchers of philosophy and multiculturalism in education. The research focuses on interviews with prominent theorists of education in Israeli academia and aims at identifying trends of thought in contemporary Israeli philosophy of education. The research results in a map of trends encompassing solutions for redirecting Israeli education amidst postmodern cultural and technological developments of the 21st century. The common denominators identified may serve as a basis for future collaborations among different cultural sectors in Israeli education and provide a lens through which to analyze and improve education in other multicultural societies.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2019
This issue of HaYidion departs from all of previous ones in its focus on contemporary matters. Usually, HaYidion explores questions of education, pedagogy and day school management that are more or less timeless, altered only by a new perspective or innovation every few years. This issue starts, instead, with the conversations all of us are having—at the water cooler, over the dinner table, during soccer games. Everywhere we’ve gone, day school leaders have told us that they are addressing these changes that are washing over us with a volume rarely ever seen before. It’s time, they said, for HaYidion to wade in.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2019
In 1981, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l extensively outlined the extent of the obligation to educate a child with special needs. Rav Moshe explained that those with diminished mental capacities, who may not fully comprehend all things but nonetheless have some intelligence, are required to observe at least certain mitzvot as adults. Accordingly, Rav Moshe held that we are obligated in the mitzvah of Chinuch, educating them when they are children.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
A leader in Jewish education policy for over 30 years, Jonathan Woocher influenced countless practitioners and policy makers. This article examines Woocher’s body of written work by investigating three of his pieces published over a span of 20 years.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2019
We look at the new Jewish education ‘laboratory’ at the Kaplen JCC midway through its inaugural year. Starting a school — going from the daydream to the absolute reality of actual ninth-graders looking at you expectantly one September day — is an extraordinary achievement. You get to shape students’ lives. That’s what Tikvah Wiener of Teaneck did with the Idea School, a new Jewish high school whose freshman class started in September. The school’s set at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly; the intergenerational programming inside the building and the wooded acres outside seem a necessary part of it.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
One ongoing lament among day school educators is the inability to successfully teach Hebrew language skills to the students in their schools. Ivrit be-Ivrit instruction, once commonplace in many day schools in North America and across the globe, is in use less and less frequently. Even schools that were once bastions of Hebrew language instruction are begun to despair about its effectiveness. This issue was revisited recently when the new chairman of the Jewish Agency called for Israel to devote resources to teach Hebrew to Jews around the world. This topic has been discussed on Lookjed a number of times.
Updated: Jan. 02, 2019
As we light the last Chanuka candle tonight, I would like to share some thoughts about the JEDLAB Facebook Group and what this network is meant to be. It was created as a place to be creative, innovative and to think out of the box. It was created to bring all different flavors of the Jewish world together to try and bring new ideas, big ideas, to make a difference in the work we do. I joined when the network was barely 2,000. It is amazing to me that we are now about to hit 10,000.
Updated: Dec. 19, 2018
The Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education – recently launched a new project supported by the William Davidson Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation for comprehensive research on the pipeline and “career arc”of educators working in Jewish education. This is a welcome development for all who care about supporting Jewish educators and advancing the field in which they work. We started earlier this year in New York City, in the midst of a snowstorm that would bring 8 inches of snow by the end of the day. CASJE convened a small group of leaders in the field of Jewish educator preparation. They came together, supported by the William Davidson Foundation, to discuss challenges that the field faces and potential research topics that could address these challenges.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018
Ariel Burger, who was a student in Elie Wiesel’s class at Boston University as an undergraduate and, in his 30s, served as his mentor’s teaching assistant for five years, has written “Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); the 288-page book is part memoir, part description of the courses — and the impact they had on a wide range of students for almost four decades — and entirely compelling.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2018
Now in its ninth year, the Hebrew Public network of 13 charter schools utilizes a blend of startup philanthropic funding and state funds to offer high-quality Hebrew language education to Jewish and non-Jewish students alike. Currently, these schools run in New York, New Jersey, California, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. New schools are scheduled to open soon in Philadelphia and Staten Island.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2018