Listen, Be Brave and Love Enough

I have never pretended to be an expert in anything, let alone everything.  There are things that I know, and when I am wrong, I am always open to learn. At 60, however, I would like to believe that I … Read More

The Urgent Question: Who Am I?

Yogi Bera once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That has not stopped innumerable people, from all walks of life, from predicting what the future will be for our children when they are grown. A day … Read More

Utopia or Dystopia?

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t come across an analysis that either warns of how automation and Artificial Intelligence are going to wreak havoc on humanity or how they will solve all of humanity’s problems. Either way, our … Read More

Will Your Children Be Ready?

The tension between the realities of the future and the comfort of a reliably perceived past are palpable.  Put another way, the security of “this is the way we have always done it,” versus the uneasiness of preparing for an … Read More

What a Standardized Test Can’t Predict is What our Students Need to Learn

The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, World Economic Forum, and Scientific America run stories routinely about what students need to learn and do to be successful in the future. An endless stream of studies, counter-studies, information, … Read More

Beyond the Why

Singapore. Hong Kong. New Zealand. Finland. What does Hillel Day School have in common with these far-off countries? A commitment to changing education to prepare children for the competitive and complex world they are inheriting. The schools in these countries … Read More

We Are Just a Speck and…

The other morning I was watching the news (a daily mistake) and was overwhelmed by how small I felt.  Hurricane Harvey had just ravaged Houston, and Irma was on the footsteps of Florida. There were the social and political issues … Read More

The Verdict – No Homework

We can no longer ignore the data showing that there is little to no correlation between homework and achievement in the elementary grades. Prof. Harris Cooper of Duke University has done extensive research on homework. Cooper compiled 120 studies in … Read More

Na’aseh v’nishma and the Maker Movement

“Na’aseh v’nishma– We will do and we will understand.”  That is what the Israelites proclaimed as they were about to receive the Torah from God. We will be commemorating that moment in the creation of the Jewish nation next week … Read More