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    Learning Stops During Chidon?

    From the COLlive Inbox: A mother laments why her son's school isn’t in session during the Chidon competition in Crown Heights. Full Story

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    Really?
    Guest
    Really?

    I would think your kid lucky to get a mini vacation from school What’s wrong with that for 2 days?

    Sounds amazing!
    Guest
    Sounds amazing!

    But this requires actually calling people and making it happen. No one here is being negligent, only adapting to reality. Would probably be more effective than suggesting it on COLlive!

    Perhaps you can take care if your son by showing him a Dugma
    Guest
    Perhaps you can take care if your son by showing him a Dugma

    perhaps his father can take him to the early minian and mikvha
    perhaps you can learn with him too or take him to Ohel
    perhaps it is ok for all Rabbis to be on the development program and not individual program on that day when 99% of the students are not in the school, so next week all including your son will benefit from this
    perhaps stop kvetching ! and be happy for all other boys that went for long weekend after tremendous hard work during the whole year.

    Don't pass the buck!
    Guest
    Don't pass the buck!

    Perhaps YOU can take a day off from your regular workday and do all the stuff that you recommend others to do!

    School Principal
    Guest
    School Principal

    It is typical for a school to have PD days for their teachers. Great idea on the school’s part to have it on a day when many of the students are not present anyway. These PD days contribute greatly to the children’s education and are very important.

    Maybe
    Guest
    Maybe

    Perhaps the children will have two days off from the school year.

    off the mark
    Guest
    off the mark

    Or perhaps they can stay home and not feel like not only are they missing out on the chidon, they ALSO have to go to school.

    I’m sure you mean well, but none of the things you describe are exciting for kids. It will only cause resentment.

    Stam a Kvetch
    Guest
    Stam a Kvetch

    My son got together with a friend for a day of learning and play indoors and outdoors… these boys need a break too…
    Stop kvetching!

    Children should be in school
    Guest
    Children should be in school

    Absolutely agree! Children belong in school and should not learn that opting out of a program means being cut off from the daily structure.

    Really?
    Guest
    Really?

    If you truly value Torah learning, your son should be in the Chidon and learn that Torah is something to be toiled in, and even if he doesn’t win, for Hashem all those who try to learn are winners…

    From a mother of 5 kids who got a medal every year b”H!!

    other paths to Torah
    Guest
    other paths to Torah

    Chidon needs to be completely optional. Otherwise it will be just another thing that you get over with for school and there won’t be any heart in it. What’s your kuch? Some in chidon, others in gemara, chumash, etc

    Teaching a class of 2 is “difficult”!?
    Guest
    Teaching a class of 2 is “difficult”!?

    What is “difficult” about teaching a class with only 1 or 2 students!!? A good, caring teacher would make a special one on one learning day with his 2 students! Many many ideas could be made into reality – easily!

    hanhalas have bochurim up ther sleeves
    Guest
    hanhalas have bochurim up ther sleeves

    sometimes.
    Speak to just one teacher or principal usually they can offer an alternative with a bochur they can vouch for

    You are right.
    Guest
    You are right.

    Parents have all kinds of obligations and routines, I understand that school needs to be off sometimes, but it should be done only when really necessary- kids belong in school learning! Parents and teachers are partners in chinuch, and it is to the kids’ benefit to be in school when possible. This shows everyone involved that learning is really valued, and prevents the difficulties that happen when kids don’t have their routine, and just plain prevents the kids from wasting time that they should be using for learning. Also, no it is not hard to teach one or two students,… Read more »

    It’s not a kvetch!!
    Guest
    It’s not a kvetch!!

    I can’t believe that people think this “vacation” is a good thing…and especially suggest that a mother take off from her regular work day. Because kids don’t go on Chidon, learning should stop? It’s ridiculous. Make a school wide learning program for this kids who stay behind. Most teachers are around anyways.
    And for those of us who have limited personal days we already have enough PD days, and yomim tovim that we take off.

    children need a break
    Guest
    children need a break

    it wont hurt anybody for a child to get 2 and a half days of school off?!! some kids the chidon is too hard for them so they cant go for it.it would make them feel terrible if they also have to go to school!

    Opportunity
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    Opportunity

    Thank you for the article and this important conversation. I’d like to share that my son’s Rebbi took him and the remaining boys (who didn’t make the chidon this year) on a trip. They used the opportunity to bond in a healthy and positive atmosphere. Kudos to my son’s Rebbi for being dedicated and thinking out of the box.

    WOW - Always Something...
    Guest
    WOW - Always Something...

    I guess this proves again that parents will always find something to complain about…..even when it comes to celebrating the beauty of the Chidon.

    Such a very very sad commentary….

    Take the same time it took to write this article and spend some “quality” down time with your child!

    It works wonders for the child (and, maybe even for the parent)

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