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March 06, 2005

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WHILE I WAS ATTENDING A COMPARITIVE RELIGION CLASS AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY THE OLD JESUIT PROFESSOR (STRIAGHT OUT A WOODY ALLEN FILM) STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS LECTURE AND ASKED ME FOR THE “JEWISH PRESPECTIVE." I COULD HAVE MADE UP ANYTHING AND MY NON-JEWISH CLASSMATES WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED IT AS GOSPEL. WHAT WOULD RABBI TWERSKY SAY TO ME BEING THE REPRESENTATIVE OF JEWISH THOUGHT TO THE GOYISH WORLD? HE'D NEVER STOP OYING.

Hi Danny,

I wanted to get back to you after the other educational post you had about "Florida Teacher" and let you know I had a similiar experience with my kids. I will share it now in response to your discovery of the "lack of social studies" in the schools. My kids had a great middle school humanities teacher who took them on 10 or more field trips a year (opera, theatre, dance, etc) and taught them Shakespeare and philosophy along with history and social studies and even asked them to THINK and discuss things. Both my kids learned to write well in his class. He was asked to stop teaching that way and teach towards the test and he has also refused.
He is now teaching math. What a waste!!!

Also, wanted to let you know that I was thinking of you today when I read in People magazine "The View from the Couch" . It was supposed to be a funny summary of the Academy Awards. Your summary beat his (Jimmy Kimmel) hands down!

This reminds me of two things. One is a Far Side cartoon where a caveman and his wife stand over their cave-son, looking at a piece of paper that is obviously his report card. "Oh, look, this get better..." the Dad says. "'F' in history! You even flunk something not happen yet!"

The other is my own experience as a man in the early childhood field. It's been interesting for me taking classes in the program I'm part of now: I'm one of three men, out of 98 students (or something like that). It's a strange feeling when some issue about men comes up in class, and all heads turn towards me to get my response. (I guess I feel somewhat like the black women in the class, to whom everyone always turns when an issue related to that culture arises.) But as you say, at least I never have to worry about a crowd in the bathroom.

They've pulled social studies from schools in CA? Why couldn't they have done that in MN when I was a kid? I hated social studies.
I'm kidding, of course. (well, not about hating social studies) That's appalling. Social studies is a major course and every child ought to be able to learn it. After all, wouldn't these children be more apt to pass future tests if they had EXTENSIVE knowledge of the subject?

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