Common Core Critique Creates Critical Questions

Another thought provoking piece in the NYT today. Jennifer Finney Boylan talks about common core and raises an interesting question about the purpose of education: Is it: For some parents, the primary desire is for our sons and daughters to wind up, more or less, like ourselves. Or is it: For others, education means enlightening our children’s minds with the uncensored scientific and artistic truth of the world.

There are many nafka minas to those two views. In terms of Jewish education it seems like the more traditional approach is to promote the first position i.e. perpetuating a community committed to the Torah values of the previous generation. A Modern Orthodox approach includes both positions. That makes it stronger and more complicated, no?


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