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.
Surely there has to be a better format for school, that doesn’t require most of the students to take Ritalin just to make it through the day?
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.
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.