A new book makes a compelling case and charts the course towards a “person-centered” approach to Israel education. Written by Dr. Barry Chazan, A Philosophy of Israel Education: A Relational Approach aims to assist educators and academics to engage learners in a variety of viewpoints and experiences as they build personal relationships with Israel. The book is available as a no cost ebook. In A Philosophy of Israel Education, Chazan first lays … [Read more...] about Chazan Book Makes the Case for a Person-Centered Approach to Israel Education
By Hannah Tobin Cohen Awaiting take-off on a flight from Los Angeles to London, I sit ensconced in the latest David Grossman novel, with mizrahi music blasting in my ears. Yet, even the dulcet tones of Moshe Peretz cannot obscure the phone conversation of my neighbor, conducted in the familiar - yet to me, incomprehensible - language of Arabic. With the sinking feeling that I am about to do something against my better judgement on the cusp of … [Read more...] about A Zionist and a Palestinian Walk onto a Plane…
By Galia Avidar, PhD Yedida Bessemer’s recent article on the lack of Israel education standards and benchmarks is a reminder of how this particular teaching endeavor is fraught with ambiguity and confusion. Through the years, a host of scholars and educators have criticized Jewish schools for their lack of a clear mission, plan, or set of ideological principles. Research in the field demonstrates that Israel education goals are varied and the … [Read more...] about Israel Education: Not All Standards Are Created Equal
By Dr. Lesley Litman and Anne Lanski Yedida Bessemer asked eJP readers to think about what excellent Israel education looks like and called for field-wide standards and benchmarks to determine whether efforts are effective. We at the iCenter want to share our experience from seven years of building this field and working closely with schools, camps, synagogues, Israel travel experiences, and other educational and communal settings to help … [Read more...] about Israel Education Standards and Benchmarks: Which waze do we go?
By Yedida Bessemer I love GPS, and especially my WAZE app. It keeps track of “milestones” and gives me the step-by-step directions I need to reach my destination. It also provides alternate routes if I wish to avoid the freeway or traffic. Similar to GPS, Standards and Benchmarks are educational tools that guide teaching and instruction by giving educators a “grid” containing final destinations. While they don’t offer the shortest or fastest … [Read more...] about Israel Education: Where are We Going and How are We Getting There?