Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

By:
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
In theory, school choice ought to offer a way out of our educational woes. Knowledgeable parents and children trapped in a failing educational system would use tax dollars to choose among excellent options. Bad teachers in inadequate classrooms should conveniently fade away as free-market competition allows successful programs to bubble to the top. Poor children then would have the same...
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By:
David Glanzberg-Krainin and David Ackerman
We both graduated from excellent public schools and today live in suburban communities with outstanding public school systems. Our children -- six between us -- all attend private Jewish day schools. We have made that choice based on our families' personal commitments and values. While the school choice that we have made for our families involves sacrifice, we are blessed...
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By:
Howie Beigelman
Everyone knows the Orthodox community supports school reform for "parochial" reasons -- the strain on our household budgets from multiple tuitions at Jewish day school. But Orthodox support is about far more. It's about Jewish values. The poor and near poor in our society are trapped in failing schools. That's not right or fair. That was also the message of...
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We are watching the dramatic events unfold in Egypt with a mind-boggling mixture of fascination, empathy, awe and fear. It's not the first time that a people has risen up against an Egyptian ruler; we've been there and done that. And as a community that values democratic ideals, we can empathize with the passionate yearning for political liberty and economic...
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By:
Rela Mintz Geffen
Five years ago, Ayelet Waldman dared to write an article in The New York Times saying that she loved her husband (the writer Michael Chabon) more than her children. For this, she was labeled a "bad mother," received rafts of hate mail and even death threats. The response was so vociferous and voluminous that she wrote a book about her...
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