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Monday, March 27, 2006

Secular Education I

A relative of mine has a long history of sacrifice for Torah. He defied his parents wishes to avoid college, spent long years after marriage in Lakewood Kollel, and today is a gemora rebbe in a respected yeshiva.

Due to financial pressures, at the beginning of the school year, he accepted a job as Secular Studies Principal at a well regarded yeshiva headed by a 'name brand' Rosh Yeshiva.
And that's where he discovered what a shaigetz he truly is.

His sin? He wanted the secular studies hours to be time well spent. So he put in time and effort to make an educational and interesting program. He was promised 'full backing' when hired. However, when he tried to make a hitherto dysfunctional program (like all such programs, a breeding ground for bad midos and worse) work, the promised backing failed to materialize.

And then, from behind the veils, he started hearing what he really is. My beginning-to-show-results relative (let's call him Gold) was demeaned in the students' eyes.

Hanhola: "Rabbi Gold claims he's a Ben Torah - but by the emphasis he puts on English, I see he's not". All the while, getting promises of 'our full backing' to his face.

Mr. Gold finally realized what was happening and quit in the middle of the school year.



Blogger J said...

This is quite a sad story. What a shame. Reb Shmuel Kaminetzky, shlita, is 'notorious' for keeping his boys 'honest' in the secular classes - even 'muhning' bochrim who underperform in secular subjects. His rationale (from what I have heard) is, if we are going to do it (secular program), why make it a waste of time? If we do it, we do it right.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Wow - you've actually predicted a piece of what I intend to say in Secular Studies II. I understand that R' Svei is (was) of similar mind on this subject.

5:51 PM  

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