By Jonah Hassenfeld In “Fostering Critical Thinking by Reframing Israel Education,” Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman responded to my claim that her curriculum fails to teach critical thinking. She insisted, “Reframing Israel prioritizes critical thinking.” But she doesn’t explain exactly what she means by “critical thinking.” In Reframing Israel’s preface, Rabbi Zimmerman writes that, among other things, critical thinking means being able to … [Read more...] about What does Critical Thinking Look Like in Israel Education?
By Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman Jonah Hassenfeld’s article “Teaching Critical Thinking and the History of Israel,” [published by eJewish Philanthropy on January 15, 2016] faults my curriculum, Reframing Israel: Teaching Kids to Think Critically About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, for “lacking footnotes” and “containing no original documents” in its 11-page historical overview. It’s a curious critique. Mr. Hassenfeld ignores the heart of the … [Read more...] about Fostering Critical Thinking by Reframing Israel Education
By Mitchell A. Klein and Jordanna Yochai This summer, as final year campers at NJY Teen Camp, we were given the unique opportunity of meeting Linda Scherzer. Scherzer, a former CNN correspondent in the Middle East and the current director of the Write On For Israel program, was one of the countless Shabbat speakers brought in by NJY Teen Camp to address campers. Standing in our camp’s recreational building, she explained to us that Write On … [Read more...] about Write On For Israel: Our Experience So Far
Israel educators need to ask themselves how much they really value critical thinking. By Jonah Hassenfeld Everyone seems to agree that teaching the history of Israel is “complicated” and requires “critical thinking.” But some of the loudest voices calling for “critical thinking” continue to offer accounts of Israel’s history that make critical thinking all but impossible. Earlier this month, two researchers from the right wing Stand with … [Read more...] about Teaching Critical Thinking and the History of Israel
Las Vegas, NV - iCamp, the only conference dedicated solely to Israel education kicks-off today in Las Vegas, with the generous support of Foundations, local communities and partner organizations bringing together 250 educational leaders, practitioners, stakeholders and funders from North America and Israel. Hosted by the iCenter for Israel Education, the conference is an interactive, dynamic 3-day gathering for educators to learn new approaches … [Read more...] about iCamp Conference on Israel Education Shows Innovation and Growth of Field