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What If Our Schools Were Run Like a Business

Opinion: In business, success is quantified by the aggregate performance of the entire portfolio as a whole. What would happen if we ran our schools that way? Full Story

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Practice what you preach
June 9, 2021 9:13 pm

And with love.
Most schools/admins don’t.
They just like to preach, and talk about every child being a unique diamond, but don’t actually believe nor practice that theme.

This is the kind of articles we want to read
June 9, 2021 9:17 pm

Good job Reb Yid

Way more complicated
June 9, 2021 10:15 pm

Everything written here sounds very ideal and lofty. Halevai it were so simple.
Anyone actually investing their life into Chinuch knows that it’s way more complicated. No, it’s usually not about egos and reputations; children need a setting and style of learning that is appropriate for them. And mixing everyone together in the name of love and acceptance actually helps no one. Al pi Darko means every child needs their individual Chinuch – and it can’t all happen in the same classroom, or even in the same school…

This is another one of these utopia op-eds...
Reply to  Way more complicated
June 10, 2021 7:53 am

I am an very experienced mechanech.

You are 100% correct!

Reply to  Way more complicated
June 10, 2021 10:00 am

Saying it’s complicated, is making excuses.
That is what liberals do when they try to explain away why they don’t follow Torah or have morals or values.

Each school can have classes that fit each bachur.
It does not have to be totally separate schools, or having some kids with no decent schools at all.

Having schools that don’t want students just because they can’t learn as well as the “top” students, is elitism.
This tells some kids they are not worthy because they can’t get into the “best” schools.

JJ the Ice Cream Cake Decorator
June 9, 2021 10:48 pm

In an ideal world you would be 100% correct. HOWEVER, the schools are run like a business in the sense where they want and demand their tuition but there is no customer service and most still snob children for reasons that are not the fault of the child.
I hope your article will inspire change in the way ‘our’ moisdos are run.
It shouldn’t run like a business that has no competition… where the customer is always wrong

A teacher
June 10, 2021 12:26 am

As a teacher I go out of the way for the slower boys in my class, however I am told that I need to go at the door of the upper middle of the class. When it comes to davening the slower boys give up because we are going too fast. I can’t slow down because the about of parts of davening we are supposed to do it would take more than an hour. In learning in order to finish the curriculum also we have to go at the door of the faster boys leaving no room for the boy… Read more »

Reply to  A teacher
June 10, 2021 5:38 pm

this is 100% true

June 10, 2021 1:58 am

May we see our fruit grow to be true chayolim- chassidim yorei shomayim and lamdanim, MOSHIACH NOW!!!

out of business
June 10, 2021 2:11 am

If chinuch was run like a business they would be out of business because they are operating at a financial loss because people either can’t pay or prefer to buy a bungalow than pay full school fees.

Running it like a business is the problem!
June 10, 2021 2:31 am

I respectfully disagree

It is unfortunate that our schools have come to be run more and more like businesses, led by laymen who understand numbers and “results”, not neshamos and Chinuch.

The Rebbe wanted the vaad gashmi to work FOR and under the Vaad Ruchni who would determine the priorities or the moisod, not the other way around.

June 10, 2021 3:13 am

As a teacher, I believe students (and schools) should be evaluated by the progress they make. Child A enters unable to read, and in 6 months can read a 1st level book. Child B begins the school year reading on 2nd level, and in 6 months is reading on 3rd level. Both children should receive an “A” in Reading on their report cards. This means that good pre and post evaluation must be done.

Too bad only the gashmius hanhala works like that
June 10, 2021 4:24 am

When theres need to charge the tuition they act like a shark “pay your sons tuition if you want him to stay at yeshiva”
But the ruchnius hanhala is far so far to work as well, “your son he’s not doing well, we think its his own problem, we dont owe you (the parent) anything” or “oh he is doing so well, thanks to our super duper hanholo the best in the world!”

PRACTICE what you preach and dont come to the gorilla with rotten bananas…

Hospital analogy is wrong
June 10, 2021 6:23 am

A hospital is an institution. When we send our children to an institution some will do better then others. But many small Yeshivos are ‘specialists’. So if an orthopedist would not accept a cardiac patient that will not only not be laughable, it would be commendable. Accepting the right children to the right Yeshiva is for everyone’s benefit in the Yeshiva. The who belong will get the right Hadracha for their style and those who don’t belong it will be a death sentence simply because they were in the ‘wrong’ practice.

Can we please stay on point here?
June 10, 2021 9:11 am

I think the naysayers in these comments are missing the author’s point. I do not believe he is referring to academic differences, but rather spiritual differences. That is, when schools discriminate because they are unwilling (or more likely, unable) to inspire children who are not completely submissive and sold on the party line. Chabad alleges to be the cure to all the world’s spiritual questions, but the truth is that Chabad has its own forms of narrow-mindedness and fundamentalism which it has not been honest with itself or others about, and which its younger generations see clearly and are struggling… Read more »

Yes it is the point
Reply to  Can we please stay on point here?
June 10, 2021 11:37 am

Children struggling at various levels of Yiddishkeit observance need a different setting and Chinuch style than others. They can’t be treated the same way, given the same rules, or taught the same things.

June 10, 2021 9:22 am

dont like the tone of this article- oh how easy it is to criticize others when youre not in that world. Chinuch is the most difficult and challenging job. what I can say for myself, with kids in quite a few schools in ch, is that BH there are loads- definitely most of school staff that are there heart and soul, for the right reasons, with the right hashkafos, and with so much care and talent for each student. i have only hakaros hatov for practically all the schools and teachers that we’ve had. BH you are invited to begin… Read more »

A struggling student
June 10, 2021 3:55 pm

I am a student who struggles with learning. I have ADHD which makes it hard for me to focus. The school system doesn’t work so well for me. It was created with A+ students in mind. I am in the same classes as near-geniuses who get 100%s without much effort. During some subjects I just sleep because “What is the point in trying when I’ve failed so many times?” What schools need is LEVELS. Even if it’s not separate levels classes (which would be the best), each student should get marked on their LEVEL. Also, schools need to start recognizing… Read more »

so true
Reply to  A struggling student
June 10, 2021 5:41 pm

I also have ADHA and this is so relatable I have the exact same experience