Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Pesach Eisen stands in front of a yeshiva he attended as a child in the Borough Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. Eisen, now 32, left his orthodox community in his late teens. Complaints that schools like Eisen’s run by New York’s strictly observant Hasidic Jews barely teach English, math, science or social studies have fueled a movement to demand stricter oversight by state and local educational authorities.

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

Pesach Eisen stands in front of a yeshiva he attended as a child in the Borough Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. Eisen, now 32, left his orthodox community in his late teens. Complaints that schools like Eisen’s run by New York’s strictly observant Hasidic Jews barely teach English, math, science or social studies have fueled a movement to demand stricter oversight by state and local educational authorities.

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

In this November, 1999 family photo, Pesach Eisen poses at a banquet table during his bar mitzvah in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Critics say dozens of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools run by Hasidic Jews are failing to provide enough instruction in English, math or other secular subjects to prepare students for the modern world.

Questioning real-world learning at ultra-Orthodox schools

A Jewish boy walks to a yeshiva in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Critics say dozens of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools run by Hasidic Jews are failing to provide enough instruction in English, math or other secular subjects to prepare students for the modern world. A group that’s pushing for more secular instruction in the yeshivas planned to file a lawsuit July 23 in federal court in Brooklyn over the issue.
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