Around the Bonfire
On turning Lag BaOmer into an educative moment -- here.
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When it comes to substitute teachers, there really is no substitute for Arnie Blume.
The publicity focus on Holocaust issues in the last decade may cause one to mistakenly assume that its main aspects have, by now, been well researched. Yehuda Bauer, the director emeritus of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem explains: "To comprehend where Holocaust research is at, one must assess three very roughly defined categories of interest to the historian: the attitudes of the criminal perpetrators, the victims and the bystanders."
How should we teach about the Holocaust? Is it educationally helpful or problematic to compare our suffering with that of other peoples? What is the attitude of the Jewish tradition to the suffering of gentiles?
A three-week lesson at a Texas school that assigned students the roles of Germans and Jews during the Holocaust may have been a little too real. The course was meant to bring home the reality of intolerance during the Holocaust, school officials said, but some students said "German" students spat on or hit the "Jewish" students...
If we haven’t been trained in pedagogy and teaching, how is it that so many faculty are good at it?
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