Looking at the book of Breisheet as a whole, think for a moment about some of the themes that were explored:
- God's role in the world
- Individual responsibility
- Sibling relationships
- Good and evil
- Reward and punishment
What others can you think of?
Recruiting, developing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most;Good idea, but doesn't define "effective teachers" and in practice relies on standardized test scores for its judgments about whether or not a teacher is effective.
"Kids know effective teaching when they experience it."If this is true in the public school sector, it is even more true in the Jewish sector. We are not simply in the business of learning and education, we are also very much in the business of attitude development. It's been said before - the way in which your students relate to you as their teacher becomes in many cases the way in which they relate to the Jewish world in general, and to their Jewish identity in particular. So it's not just a matter of being "nice". It's also of modeling the kinds of behaviors and values we want our students to internalize as fundamental to Jewishness - love of learning, compassion, intellectual curiosity, kindness, you fill in the rest. Teaching in a Jewish school is one of the most challenging and weighty responsibilities one can have.
“I am the kind of Jewish person who feels very Jewish but does not practice at all. I did not take part in this project because Jewish people run this charity. I got involved because they do very important work that is changing many people’s lives in a positive way.”The final question: Am I being overly sensitive? Is it generational? Should I just 'get over it?'