Jewish Education and the Frontal Cortex Part II
Joel Lurie Grishaver
After I published by blog entry on Jewish Education and the frontal cortex, I got this e-mail:
Anyway…The six points at the end are a great articulation of what all of us believe, and have believed for a long time. (And it feels good to have neurology back us up.)
But that articulation depresses me, because it feels so big. I have 41 teachers. Maybe 6 of them can do those things.
(And that’s nothing new. Hebrew school teachers have always sucked. But now that neurology’s involved, it feels like I can’t help but notice just how much they suck.)
Zechariah the prophet writes about peace and prosperity coming to Zion.
Thus says the Lord: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. (Zechariah 8:4–5)
Allow me to humbly suggest that Zechariah almost got it right. True redemption will only come when old men and old women, together with boys and girls are playing in the streets of Jerusalem.
Idie Benjamin and Dale Sides Cooperman
Back in March, there was a great deal of buzz in the news about a mother in New York City who is suing her daughter’s preschool for not properly preparing her daughter to take the E.R.B. The E.R.B. is an assessment used by private schools in New York City to determine who should be admitted into their kindergartens. The mother says she paid $19,000 a year and did not get what her money’s worth.
Collage created for Mayor Jean Quan with papers directly from the box.
Almost every classroom I have ever been in has a box labeled ‘paper scraps.’ I have noticed, though, that the majority of these boxes have only a one-way door – papers go in but never go out!
In the Oakland Hebrew Day School Art Studio, we love our paper scraps boxes. We have one for colored paper, one for white paper and one for patterned papers. These scraps form the basis for some of our most impressive collaborative art works. Whether for a celebration like Yom ha-Atzma’ut or a special occasion like a visit from the mayor, our collaborative, sometimes whole school, collages make good use of our paper scraps.
Cleaning Out the Digital Hametz
by Adrian A. Durlester
At this time of year, as we’re preparing our homes for Passover, when we’re engaged in spring cleaning, when we’re cleaning out the physical hametz from our homes and the spiritual hametz from ourselves, it’s a good time to consider cleaning out our digital closets. Our internal and external hard drives are clogged with files. Our email archives are full of old messages. Our browser bookmark collections are cluttered and unwieldy. Web pages we have created may have outdated text, or links to other pages that are no longer working. Our Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter and other social media profiles and pages may be similarly in need of attention. Your browsers are full of installed extensions and add-ons that you almost never use or don’t need anymore. I don’t know many people who make it a point to routinely clean out their digital hametz, but I can tell you that it’s a good idea and worth the effort.