LAMED is ATID's blog roundup of articles, resources, and occasional commentary for Jewish education. Lamed is updated a few times a week by ATID's Jerusalem staff. Visit us at www.atid.org.
Tuesday, March 31
Sunday, March 29
Low Tech Sollution
Thursday, March 26
The Humanities in Trouble
The humanities always take a hit in touch economic times. The NY Times reports that the current crisis may be particularly hard on the humanities, something that does not bode well for die hard Torah U-Madda advocates (like me!).
Tuesday, March 24
The Virtual Life of a Typical High School Student
Sunday, March 22
Thursday, March 19
Random and Not-So-Random Jewish Links
Random and not-so-random Jewish links from Rabbi Jeff Kuperman. Lots of useful information, articles, educational materials, primary sources on Jewish history, Tanakh, Gemara, etc. Worth the look.
Monday, March 16
NY Times On the Academic Boycott of Israel
Stanley Fish's column in the NY Times often irritates me, and here too he got my goat. Why does he deem it irrelevant to figure out how "bad" Israel's actions are before determing if the academic boycott of Israel is a good idea? Even if political action by the academy is a good idea - Fish thinks its not - presumably you still have to figure out what action is worth persuing, and for that you need moral and practical reason - which seems to be in short supply among the pro-boycott crowd.
In any case, the post should have us worried, because simply discussing the idea "impassionately" gives it legitimacy.
Sunday, March 15
A relatively new blog called "chinuchadventures" by a thoughtful young Orthodox educator. Food for thought and a light-hearted tone.
Thursday, March 12
Kids and Marital Satisfaction
I can't tell you what things were like in the past, but at least in the present and in my house, parents are spending lots of time with kids, it's very rewarding, and very frustrating. Here's some historical and research perspective.
Tuesday, March 10
College: More Important, Less Affordable
Sunday, March 8
American Youth and Religion: Follow Up
The National Study of Youth and Religion has just released the beginning of the second wave of its research on American teen-age religious commitment and practices. The first wave of research was published in this (very interesting) book (discussed by ATID here). The new research takes a more longitudnal perspective, tracing religious commitments of teens as they grow older.
Thursday, March 5
Teaching, Hollywood Style
We have all seen the tear-jerk movies about the great teacher who saves the kids from bad schools or from mind-numbing education. Of course, in the real world, it just ain't so. What can Hollywood teach us, and not teach us, about good education? (Some of the comments are just as interesting as the article).
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Tuesday, March 3
Free Childrens' Books
Free children's books on line at www.biguniverse.com.
Sunday, March 1
The Demise of the SAT and GRE?
"The SAT's authority is eroding slowly but surely, as one college after another finds more substantial and nuanced ways of assessing its undergraduate applicants," points out a professor of literature after taking the GRE subject test in his own field, "just for fun." (Has some odd ideas of fun, I must admit...). Perhaps the people at Fairtest are right: the SAT and like tests are simply not a good predictor of college success (executive summary here).