I caught up on saved articles over winter break and came across a wonderful piece reviewing three new domains of education: 21st Century Learning (including Design Thinking, Maker and Tinkering), the implications of current neuroscience, and our compelling need to educate and support an ever-growing range of students. In an era when even “progressive” schools … Continue reading Mind, Body & Soul
I recently watched Hatufim while working out on the treadmill. For the uninitiated, Hatufim is an Israeli television series which served as the inspiration for the American version, Homeland. But Hatufim is different, and it’s often hard for me to finish an episode. With the return of Gilad Shalit from captivity a mere seven years … Continue reading A Year of Chai – An Auspicious Beginning
Over the past three years we studied the pros and cons of adding a junior kindergarten class to extend Perelman’s program to four year olds. With the opening of Philadelphia’s first Hebrew-immersive “Ganon” at the Stern Center, we now capture children at a fascinating period of brain development during which they learn a second language … Continue reading The Power of “Yet”
In the Jewish calendar, the weeks following Pesach accelerate in roller coaster fashion, barreling forward, in contest to meet the Shavuot/last-day-of-school finish line. At the same time, our emotions race up and down with the tone of each holiday. The elation we feel during Pesach screeches to a halt with Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). … Continue reading From Darkness to Joy
In 1984, I helped found a small (Conservative) kibbutz in the Galilee, named Hanaton. We farmed, built a small factory and established an educational center. In those pre-intifada years, we had strong relationships with the Arab villages down the road (Kafr Manda) and over the hill (Bir El Maksur). With only two cars to serve … Continue reading Sparks of Change
Rabbi Steve Gutow, former president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, wrote, “Democracy is messy, and American politics have always been hard-fought – but for some time now, the fight has not just been hard, but ugly. The art of listening has been jettisoned in the rush to be heard, as we amplify our … Continue reading Democracy is Messy
Down time. Never enough. That’s why I cherish Shabbat. Even though we are engrossed in work during the week, and occasionally feel pressure, the knowledge that a day of rest is coming provides energy to reach the weekly finish line. And then – it is here. Devices are silenced. Shabbat candles are kindled and blessed. … Continue reading Enslaved to Your Devices?