Thursday, January 25, 2007

Back to Basics

With all this talk about curriculum choices, Cyberdov reminds us of a more fundamental element of education--the role of the teacher. He recently related a story about a talk Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, rabbi of the NYU Hillel, gave at the Riverdale Jewish Center:

[Sarna] related that when he first came to NYU Hillel, he figured his job was
basically to teach and learn. Through a very moving story of a formative
experience there, he ultimately came to understand that his real job was to care
- deeply - about the students on campus, as individuals… What they really seek
are people to care about them.

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