Op-Ed: Make day school affordability a priority

One of the most daunting challenges facing Jewish communities in North America is the high cost of living an Orthodox lifestyle. Particularly in these difficult economic times, when so many are either unemployed or underemployed, the financial demands seem overwhelming. The No. 1 expense for most traditionally observant families is, of course, tuition. The day …

The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education

Root cause: factory model of management To decide what is the single best idea for reforming K-12 education, one needs to figure out what is the biggest problem that the system currently faces. To my mind, the biggest problem is a preoccupation with, and the application of, the factory model of management to education, where …

Op-Ed: Homegrown Enemies of Jewish Life

There are internal enemies that we must conquer so we can face the very real external threats. Remember Pogo’s line? Rabbi Wein tells us what and how. There was once a fascinating commentary on life in the form of a comic strip called Pogo. One of its most telling captions to my memory was the …

Technology leading the way to lower-cost day school education

The nondenominational Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey doesn’t have a math teacher. The East Brunswick school instead relies on experienced math tutors who help students work through an online math curriculum relying on outside sources. At Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash Academy, a Modern Orthodox primary school in its first year, students receive iPads beginning in …

‘Self-paced’ day school ends first year on high note

On a recent afternoon at the Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey, students sat on couches and around tables in the break room engaged in a variety of studies. One young woman sat by herself studying Japanese. Freshman Rita Kabarity of Highland Park was intently hunched over her computer studying the Greek poet Homer, as …

A New, Ugly Wrinkle in the Tuition Crisis

There is a new kind of captive in the making, but do not expect to see any pidyon shvuyim effort on his or her behalf. This new prisoner is a sad by-product of the tuition crisis, and has not yet impressed people as worthy of inclusion on the short list of the most serious problems …

Fixing Our Schools – Here Are Solutions That Work

“Waiting for Superman,” “The Cartel,” and “The Lottery” are among the best known of documentaries, books and news stories sounding the alarm about the failures of America’s public schools. But where are the stories, the documentaries about the solutions? Join me and I’ll show you a solution.