Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 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:
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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By:
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
My grandma was the epitome of a babushka -- a loving, overly emotional Russian woman, and I was the apple of her eye. She called me "Stevenyu." For her, I could do no wrong. So when my mother learned that her first-born son, an Orthodox rabbi, named after her father who died in Auschwitz, was gay, she couldn't bear her...
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By:
Joseph Smukler
I sit here at my desk staring at the photograph of our eldest granddaughter, Shoval. She is wearing army fatigues, canteen dangling at her side, standing on a sandy dune, smiling under azure blue skies, with a Star of David on her military cap. How did all of this happen? She was born, reared and schooled in the United States...
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