It is no longer a matter if your children will be exposed to the ills and “shmutz” of the internet but a matter of when. Once they are exposed, how do we deal with it? How many of our children and students today are we losing due to the Internet?
We cannot ignore the fact that the proliferation of Internet access has changed the school and family dynamic. Until now the issue has seldom been dealt with in a comprehensive way. A program must be put into place.
Over the last seven months, the Chinuch Office created a commission of principals and melamdim of adolescents who have done an in-depth study of all Chabad schools, both boys’ and girls’. The shocking number will be revealed and discussed at this year’s Kinus. The commission is working on a comprehensive education program to give our boys the tools with which be able to be steadfast in their yiddishkeit.
Joining the commission is Dr. Isaac Schechter, a renowned Orthodox psychologist from Monsey, who has been dealing with this crisis over the past five years. Dr. Schechter will be addressing the hundreds of educators, offering insights as well as practical suggestions. Addressing the Kinus from the perspective of a Rosh Yeshiva will be Rabbi Yehuda Leib Schapiro, of the Yeshiva Gedola of Miami, who has also been heavily involved in this matter.
Every teacher in Chabad schools today wants to devote his best talents in educating his students and bringing out the best in them. The greatest challenge today is to reach young hearts and build a strong bond between pupil and educator.
How can an educator be sure of receptiveness? How can he be sure that, in addition to skills and content, the goal of our chinuch – inculcating yiras shomayim and midot tovot – is actually implemented? Is there any way an educator can be more perceptive of where he stands with his students?
Addressing this mode of communication is Rabbi Avrohom Segal, an outstanding Chassidic educational consultant, who fomented a veritable revolution in Israel and will be one of the main presenters at the Kinus. Rabbi Segal has developed an amazingly successful and powerful series of films and presentations on the art of communication. Through his thesis – current problems can be eliminated by effective dialog between pupils and parents or educators – he has impacted audiences from Kfar Chabad to Los Angeles in an unprecedented way. Rabbi Segal will show Kinus conferees some of his presentations.
Due to enormous request, a board of young principals headed by Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik, principal of Cheder Chabad of Monsey, will chair a number of different sessions and address topics of interest. Attendees are encouraged to send in relevant suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinus HaMechanchim, the annual Chabad Educators Conference for Principals and Melamdim, Mechanchim and Mashpiim of Boys’ Schools, will take place Sunday and Monday, 1-2 Tammuz 5774 / June 29-30, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danbury. CT.
Because demand for attendance is at an all-time high, we recommend that all teachers register as early as possible. Register here.