Joel Lurie Grishaver
Just as all parents know that Hebrew Schools are all failures; all Jewish teachers know that soccer is to blame for those failure. I want to write in praise of soccer.
Soccer is probably less successful than Jewish schools. Fewer AYSO participants grow up (especially in America) to be professional soccer players than Jewish students grew up to affiliate with Jewish institutions. The Passover Seder is probably more repeated item in adult Jewish lives than the corner kick.
Adrian A. Durlester
This is a new column aimed at assisting Jewish educators in incorporating technology into their teaching. In his blog post Do I Need to Put a Mezuzah in My Flying Car? my esteemed colleague Joel Grishaver, who has given me the opportunity to share this column with all of you, exhorts us to look to the future, but remember the lesson from the official 1939 World’s Fair pamphlet that “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.” I agree with Joel that we need to work hard to make what we have the best it can be and not just be caught up in the “cult of the future.” Joel and others can share with you ways to make Jewish education better with a whiteboard-level of technology. I’m here to show you that there are plenty of technology-based tools here today that can also be used to make Jewish education better.
Idie Benjamin and Dale Cooperman
Sometimes the light bulb goes off, and we see something that has been staring us in the face for years. We understand that we have not seen what is obvious, and finally it comes to us—Parents Have Learning Styles, Too.