Closing Thoughts Part I- Place Some Trust in Your Children

We are living in a strange time for parenting. It seems every month another book comes out about over-parenting and its consequences.  In short, over-parenting involves micro-managing your child’s life, hovering, and attempting to prevent your child from any physical … Read More

Life at Our Fingertips, Thanks to ENIAC

By Marnie Diem, Coordinator of Technological Adventures On February 14, 1946, the first electronic computer was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.  The ENIAC took up 1,500 square feet, and weighed as much as 15 cars.  Today’s computers can be … 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

Our Vision is Alive – And Evolving

By Melissa Michaelson, Principal Our visionary approach to education is one of the many reasons that Hillel Day School is unique.  We don’t stay in one place; rather, we are always seeking the next best version of ourselves while keeping … Read More

Homework: The Battle Continues

Exercise the brain like a muscle or give kids time to work on the family farm? Educators have been debating the effectiveness of homework as a tool for learning for over a century. Support for and against homework has ebbed … 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

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

Reflecting on Nearly Ten Years as a Community Jewish Day School

At Hillel, we strive for Jewish unity, not uniformity. Our Jewish traditions and core values help our children grow into knowledgeable, action-oriented Jews who view others with respect and understanding. Children learn by example, so it is imperative that these … 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