Education


Internet ‘Museum’ Connects Kids From Around the Globe

By Ethan Porter

The Internet has changed how people shop, communicate, date and play. Rabbi Miriam Ancis is hoping it can change how students learn.Ancis is the creator of Toldot, a Web site (www.toldot.org) that bills itself as “The Jewish Museum of the Next Generation.” She designed the site to enrich the typical Jewish education and to create a way forRead More


Program Trains Teachers To Use Students’ Strengths

By Max Gross

Rebecca Coen, an English teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles, was going through her lesson one day when a hand went up.The seventh grader whose hand was raised asked Coen to slow down. “I’m having a real hard time with saliency determination,” the student explained.It’s not the kind of phrase that tumbles out of the mouths ofRead More


Out of Mississippi: Struggling To Revive the Dixie Diaspora

By Andrew Muchin

As long as there has been a Diaspora, the fate of struggling communities has mobilized Jewish philanthropists and planners, who pour in resources and personnel everywhere, from the former Soviet Union to North Africa.For Macy Hart, those kinds of efforts are needed closer to home, in places such as Selma, Ala., and Natchez, Miss.For Jewish life inRead More


For Early Childhood Educators, Some Overdue Respect From Reform Movement

By Alana Newhouse

An organization is being established to serve the educators of the Reform movement’s early-childhood centers, officials announced at a conference this week.“We have a vision of an organization that can serve as a network, as a support system and as a professional body for early-childhood educators,” said Nancy Bossov, director of earlyRead More


EDUCATION DESK

By Sam Pepper

Israeli astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon, who flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia this week, conducted an experiment on Mediterranean dust and climate that was conceived, built and managed by scientists from Tel Aviv University. It is being discussed as a possible permanent addition to the International Space Station.Two additional Israeli-designedRead More


Law School Is Brave New World for Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Women

By Tamar Rotem

The heat in the classroom was stifling. The students, all of them women, leaned over their notebooks like diligent sewing machine operators in a garment factory and penned rivers of words. The lecturers spoke quickly, with no interruptions and no questions. At the end of the lesson, one woman raced to the window, where she fanned herselfRead More


Bush and the Budget: Life in the Balance

By Gus Tyler

Are federal budget deficits good or bad? It all depends.This question is evoked by what is happening in Washington right now, i.e., the federal deficit is growing by the billions. When President Clinton left office, the budget was pretty much in balance. Indeed, it was one of the few moments in the long history of the United States that this wasRead More


Instructor Beats Back Free-Speech Challenge

A college instructor in California will return to his teaching position later this month after he was barred from campus over a confrontation with Muslim students in his class.The four-month-long suspension of political science instructor Ken Hearlson from his position at Orange Coast College triggered a national debate about free speech in higherRead More


Israel Explained in ‘Education Month’

An online tour of Masada, visits from kibbutz-based educators and a package of documentary and experimental films are among the highlights of the first Israel Education Month, a national campaign that runs through February 16.The campaign hopes to attract a new, young, Web-savvy group to engage in Israel-related activities, accordingRead More


Georgetown Eyeing a Judaics Center in Bid To Boost Image

By Daniel Treiman

In an effort that could help burnish its spotty image in the Jewish community, Georgetown University, a prestigious Jesuit institution with a prominent center for Arab studies, is moving toward establishing a “Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization.”“We have internally — and making no announcement about it whatsoever —Read More


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