Posted on | November 16, 2010 | By Guest Contributor | 30 Comments
Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch recently posted an article saying that Today’s Yeshiva System Is A Recipe To Create Kids At-Risk.
In the article Rabbi Schonbuch says:
In general our yeshiva system has become too elitist and too inflexible to meet the needs of a growing percentage of Jewish children.
Let me be perfectly clear: most yeshivas today only want to accept kids who are known as APKs or Auto Pilot Kids. They expect that children will be able to sit in large classrooms (25-30 per class) listening to one Rebbe, chap the gemarah after one lecture, and rely little on the teacher for their personal, intellectual, or emotional needs.
The truth is that a large and growing percentage of our children don’t fit this mold. Many require individual attention, smaller classrooms, lessons and homework sheets suited to their needs, and a Rebbe that cares more about them than their marks. Many of our children need personalized attention, visually-based instruction (like slides or power point presentations), and Rebbes that are able to complement and bond with children who don’t necessarily fit the mold. Our yeshivas mistakenly offer an education that doesn’t reflect the dictum “Chanoch leNoar lifee Darcho” – to educate a child according to their way; rather, they maintain its “lifee Darcheinu” meaning “it’s our way or the highway.” So a significant proportion of Jewish children are rejected and find themselves out of the schools they need and onto the streets.
He also proposes a 12 point action plan.
Do you think Rabbi Schonbuch is correct in his assesment?
What percentage of high school students are in Yeshivos that don’t meet their needs?
Is this just a kids at risk issues, or is the average B student also under served?
Can our schools afford a finer tracked system?