Education is always a ‘hot button’ topic in the Jewish world, but it’s hard to escape the impression that as we head into 2019, there is something of an educational crisis hitting the orthodox Jewish world.
Many orthodox schools and institutions in the UK have had to deal with an increasingly unsympathetic and ideologically aggressive stance from OFSTED, the government organization that oversees schools in the UK. OFSTED wants to see lots of ‘acceptance’ and ‘diversity’ and ‘scientific theories’ about the creation of the world taught in orthodox Jewish schools, regardless of how offensive and inappropriate so much of this material actually is to orthodox Jewish parents.
So, the past year has seen a number of orthodox Jewish schools feeling increasingly beleaguered and under attack. Meanwhile, over the last couple of weeks, New York State has seen its own ‘education crisis’ erupt, as legislators tabled proposals to force yeshivas to offer students more secular studies.
Here in Israel, the discussion about education in the orthodox Jewish world continues to be a hot potato, and one that’s often picked up by secular politicians and tossed at the heads of the chareidi community like some sort of bomb.
And of course, around all these big headlines, the pupils and their parents are also trying to navigate myriad issues and questions around the type of education being offered and the best school to attend.
Few things can cause more upset, heartache or disruption to a parent than seeing your child in the wrong school, or failing to flourish in the ‘right’ school, with all that entails.
So this month, SassonMag.com will be taking a look at the subject of Jewish education, from the more personal perspective of our writers, through the lens of their own experiences and ideas on how we may be able to do things a little differently, or a little better, in future.
We hope that exploring the subject from the ground-level up will open the floor up to a useful discussion where we can bring together more of the people who are passionate about the subject of creating truly outstanding Jewish education together.
If you would like to share your own experiences of schooling, or you have a different viewpoint or a new idea to share, we’re happy to hear from you, so please do get in touch.