Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Another Brick in the Wall

In a great review essay about teenagers in this month's Atlantic Monthly Tom Carson notes that the one experience common to almost all Americans is High School. It is therefore significant (and relevant to our current discussion of Modern Orthodoxy) that Orthodox Jews (almost universally) educate their teenagers away from gentiles. Modern Orthodoxy set up a parallel universe to the America High School, the Day Schools. Bais Yaakov is a training ground/boot camp for future Kollel wifes (something like Parris Island). But Yeshivas are a system unlike American High Schools. Part of the whole Am Levad Yishkon idea.
As many have noted, schools are less about education than socialization. Where children are educated are the communities to which they belong.

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