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What should a 21st Century Jewish day school look like?

What should a 21st Century Jewish day school look like?

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Comments (8)

(8) chill, April 13, 2011 7:56 PM


(7) Bekki, February 24, 2011 3:40 AM

Go with the times....

I think Mr Clark's creativity and approach are what is needed for the typical student in 2011. Whether we care to admit it or not, we are combatting a high energy, entertaining world. Many students go home to video games, and probably many much more engaging entertainment activities- including "hanging out". There is nothing wrong with teachers singing, dancing and enjoying their way through academic content. the success of these students will be the true litmus test, but to be honest, my money is on Mr. Clark's methods, not the teacher/morah/rebbe who stands at the front of the class an lectures. e need to think outside the chinuch box. (I mean no disrespect to the dedicated rabbanim and teachers the world over who give so much to our kids- I am one.)

(6) DV, February 23, 2011 7:30 PM

To answer your question:


(5) Anonymous, February 23, 2011 3:54 PM

this is only logical!

As "Emro" pointed out, "real life" is not this entertaining but that doesn't mean learning shouldn't be. I am an intelligent woman who did fantastic in school; however, I, like most young people in my generation (early 20s) grew up in a world with computers, T.V., the internet, and video games, all with constant stimuli. And like most people in my generation, school became a jail where we sat under stimulated for 8 hours. Why does school need to be a boring place? I am no better prepared for life than these kids will be, even though I had a traditional education. The reason for this is because real life is a fallacy. Whether or not a teacher helps a student learn in a way that is geared to the level of the students has no repercussions on the preparedness for difficulties that will inevitably lie ahead. If anything, these children are learning a valuable life lesson - thinking outside of the confinements people who have no vision create can further their careers and let them enjoy the few years we have on this planet. Clearly this teacher has "succeeded" by thinking creatively. I think we should take a lesson from this man and realize our children do not need to be bored to learn. The world is looking for the next google or facebook. These inventions come from being stimulated and by thinking. I WISH that growing up I could have had the opportunity to work with teachers who would have put thought into their plans instead of standing and lecturing. I hope we can teach our children this "edutainment" so that maybe the next generation can have a better shot at enjoying where they spend most of their time at...school.

(4) EmRo, February 22, 2011 9:01 PM


Is this what teaching has become? Edutainment? Yes, it looks like a lot of fun, but guess what, the real world is not going to entertain you everyday of your life.

(3) David B, February 22, 2011 5:24 AM

Not like they do now

Education is going through a major transformation and Jewish schools are lagging behind. It is a huge issue. Children learn differently and have access to knowledge in ways unparalleled to anytime during history. If Jewish schools don't make the right changes to become 21st century schools we risk losing the great institutions of Jewish learning we have worked so hard to create.

(2) Jana Ondračkova, February 21, 2011 8:52 PM

Good idea for young teachersand will be appreciated by high spririted kids

Looks inteesting. However, how about the aboive 40 teacher and the not-so-high spririted children. Like the quiet, stable and diligent ones.Those who are not so much "in" but prefer the traditional school. Where do the teachers get their education for this kind of job?. I did a lot of various unlikely projects during my teaching years but none so physically and musically demanding.And - how do the parents take it? Love JOndráčková, Czech Republic.

(1) shlomit, February 20, 2011 8:03 PM


This teacher embodies everything a teacher should be, knowledgeable, smart, fun, caring, and one who understands the students at a deep connecting level. Kol HaKavod !!!


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