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HOT TOPIC: Are we really addressing the needs of the next generation of students?

February 26, 2013

Olga Zelzburg


Educators are trained to use specific language, our own jargon. We prefer the language of “partnering” or “team members” or “sacred community” or any type of equal relationship among stakeholders: parents, children, teachers, lay leaders and paid staff.

However one can also view Jewish education as a business, and that is the language I will use here. During a panel at the 2012 NewCAJE conference, many educators seemed very upset, angry, even desperate. They were extremely frustrated by the feeling that their ideal “Jerusalem of Gold” of Jewish education had been shattered. I do not share those feelings, but I think I can identify what is happening and why it is perceived as a crisis.

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