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When considering the state of complementary Jewish education, I am struck by the absence of conversation about the 800-pound gorilla sitting in front of us: the fact that our Jewish educators are largely untrained as teachers. There is a lot of lip service given to innovation, experiential education, differentiated learning and engagement. I read about the ecosystems of complementary education, the need (or not) to emulate the summer camp experience, the introduction of technology, and the role of families in their children’s learning. What I don’t read about is improving the quality of instruction.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
Waiting for Superman: New CAJE, Old Battle - Positive Jewish Experiences vs. Engagement with Jewish Texts
The highlight of New CAJE #4 held at Nichols College, just west of Boston, was the debate about the nature of Jewish education for the 21st century. Dr. David Bryfman, Director of the New Center for Collaborative Leadership at the Jewish Education Project in New York, hoped to convince the crowd that the individual experience of a child, at the center of Jewish education, is best served with “positive Jewish experiences”. Rabbi Danny Lehmann, President of Hebrew College of Boston took the position that positive experiences are not a substitute for engagement with Jewish texts, which is at the center of Judaism.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013