Rav Menachem Bombach, founder of the first Chassidic High School in Beitar which also teaches general studies to its students.
We want to see kids develop themselves, not develop who you want them to be. We want to teach kids to get into the learning process, without worrying about the outcome.
The yetzer hara seems to have smuggled itself into our schools under the disguise of “exclusivity” and is here to stay. So now the real question is: how do we fight it?
While it is true that providing for one’s family is not a responsibility to be shirked, the issue is more what is deemed the priority of Jewish education.
We want our kids to continue learning Torah in a chareidi environment, just to also get the skills they need.
Under the Prussian system of regimentation and learning by rote, most students would also be willing consumers of the ideas and outlooks being fed to them.