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ERIC Number: EJ834564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Breaking through the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy about Jewish Education
Geffen, Rela Mintz
Journal of Jewish Education, v71 n2 p227-228 May 2005
Jewish education needs a philosophy if its practitioners are to be considered part of a "real" profession and its professors are to be thought of as having mastered a legitimate academic discipline. A strong cadre of researchers who have produced a valid and reliable body of research also is required to earn a respected place in the academy. Until recently, such legitimacy has, for the most part, been withheld from the field of Jewish education in the United States. The overwhelming focus on pedagogy, classroom management, and curriculum writing--often at the level of individual lesson plans--has been one factor contributing to the low status of many Jewish educators in the United States. In this article, the author talks about the self-fulfilling prophecy about Jewish education and describes some factors which contribute to the low status of Jewish education as a career choice outside of the fervently Orthodox world. She states that the "thinking" work, only partially revealed through the published results of the important efforts of Professors Seymour Fox, Israel Scheffler, and Daniel Marom, illuminates a new way to break through the self-fulfilling prophecy and, thus, to elevate the discipline, the field, and the practitioners of Jewish education to the level they deserve.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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