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Recently, a lively discussion about boredom in Jewish education took place on the Lookstein Center Lookjed listserve. Dr. Erica Brown, Director of Washington DC's Jewish Leadership Institute, opened the discussion with the observation that boredom's 'growth and its intensification derive from the sense that students – and increasingly teachers, too – have that the, to some extent inevitable, tedium and grind of study and learning, and the prolonged subordination to authority, are no longer really worth it; or that, while they may be unavoidable en route to the desired goals, they are little more than hurdles that have to be jumped in order to satisfy the bureaucratic and largely meaningless requirements of absurd institutions.'
Updated: Jan. 11, 2010
Recently the Lookjed online discussion list of The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education published an excerpt from Torah Aura's new book, What We Now Know about Jewish Education - Brian Amkraut's 'Jewish Education in the World of Web 2.0' which discusses some of the challenges and opportunities offered by modern technology and calls on the educators to become knowledgeable and familiar with a virtual world where so many of our students gather today. The essay inspired an online exchange between Jewish educators which is available for viewing and participation.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2009