HEBREW UNION COLLEGE - JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION NEW YORK PDJ10 Advanced Fall Dr. Sherry H. Blumberg I. This course is a seminar designed to explore the ethics and morality issues of Jewish teaching and Jewish education. It will explore the use of power, the responsibility to students, parents, ourselves as teachers, the institutions for which we teach, and to Judaism itself. Particular attention will be paid to areas in which these present conflicts in ethical values. The course is open to students who have been teaching for many years or who have advanced degrees in education and do not need the beginning class. II. Goals and Objectives A. To explore teaching especially, and administration secondarily, as a moral endeavor l. Analyze the dynamics of teaching and administration to find the points of moral dilemma 2. Read different positions with regard to the morality and ethics of teaching B. To develop a philosophy of Jewish education and teaching that takes into account the moral endeavor 1. Compare and contrast Jewish education with Public education 2. Discuss the implications of moral education with or without the religious context 3. Write a short beginning philosophy of Jewish education with consideration of the ethical implications C. To value the complexity of Jewish education as a subject matter III. Format Session 1: "Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything he learned in school" Albert Einstein Out Of My Later Years Introductions, Hand out materials, begin exploration of teaching as a moral endeavor. (Concept attainment) Review of Basic Lesson Planning Skills Goals, Objectives, Learning Activities, Sequence and Scope, Evaluation Session 2: He who has repeated his lesson one hundred times is not to be compared to one who has reviewed it one hundred and one times. Chagiga 9b; Sanhedrin 99a Review of Basic Presentational Skills Transitions, Stimulus Variation, Environmental issues Session 3: God selected a people for His special education, and precisely the rudest and unruliest, in order to begin with it from the very beginning...He was brining up in them the future teachers of the human race. G.E. Lessing from Education of the Human Race 1778 Definitions: Choice of articles for presentation. Definitions of Duties, Obligations, Standards...Professional Ethics vs. Personal Ethics ...Public vs. Private Morality Session 4: v'sheenantam l'vaneycha train a child in the way s/he should go and when s/he grows old s/he will not depart from it. Moral Education, Religion and Moral Education (Elias 2, 5, 6) Session 5: yafeh talmud torah eem derech eretz The Problem: Is there a difference between teaching in a Jewish school and teaching in a public school? (Thomas) #Chazan Education vs. Indoctrination in Language of Jewish Education #Rosenak Roads to the Palace *Philosophy of Jewish Education Statement due Session 6: marbeh Torah, marbeh Hayyim What we owe the Content Ethics of Accomplishment and Justice (Strike) and Ethics of Caring (Noddings) Content vs/and Process, Value of Integration Constructivist Theory Session 7: The forty-eight qualities necessary if one is to gain mastery of the Torah...Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez Talmood, Smeeat Haozen, Areechat haozen kavanat halev, Aymah, yirah, anavah... What we owe the Profession and Ourselves Ethics of Professionalization, The Teaching Profession, Who should teach? (Fenstermacher) *Lesson Plan Analysis due Session 8: It is the dury of my generation and my children's generation to see to it that Jewish schools are available and affordable...that every Jewish child who wants a Jewish education can get one... Edgar Bronfman What we owe the institutions The Ethics of Administration, our Institutions (Smith and Nord) Session 9: To honor parents is more imortant even than to honor God. Simeon ben Yochai Peah 1:1 Jerusalem Talmud What we owe parents Ethics toward parents (Sockett) *Administrative Analysis due Session 10: The teacher helps his disciples find themselves, and in hours of desolation the disciples help their teacher find himself again. Nachman of Bratzlav What we owe students The Ethical Concerns vis a vis Students (Clark) Transmission vs. Constructivism repeated Modern Learning Theory Special Educational Issues Session 11: Wherever a Jew lives, Judaism is on trial... Every Jew, Atlas-like, bears upon his shoulders the burden of the whole world's Jewry.. Stephen S. Wise What we owe Jewish tradition Standing before God #Rosenak Roads to the Palace Session 12: Eem tirztu, ayn zo agadah... Our Solutions: The Ethical and Moral Use of Power in Jewish Education...What we do when these areas are in conflict (OPTIONAL SESSION) Sesssion 13: Other issues, punishment, evaluation,integration etc. IV. Readings A. Hebrew Text: Pirke Avot texts on Learning and Study Yalkut Me'am Lo'ez commentary on Pirke Avot articles from: Carter, Robert E. Dimensions of Moral Education. University of Toronto Press, 1987. Chazan, Barry. The Language of Jewish Education. Dill, David and associates What Teachers Need to Know. especially part 3 "The Moral Dimensions of Teaching Elias Religious and Moral Education Goodlad, John, Soder, Roger and Sirotnik, Kenneth A. Eds. The Moral Dimensions of Teaching. Jossey Bass Moran, Gabriel No Ladder to the Sky, Education and Morality Chapters 9-10 Noddings, Nell Caring a feminine approach to ethics. Rosenak, Michael Commandments and Concerns , Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1987. ##(purchase) Rosenak, Michael. Roads to the Palace; Jewish Texts and Teaching. Oxford: Berghahn Books, 1996. Schwartz Moral Development: A Practical Guide for Jewish Educators Denver, ARE Press 1983. Kenneth Strike and Jonas F. Soltis The Ethics of Teaching. NY: Teacher's College Press, 1985 V. Assignments 1. Short 3-5 page philosophy of Jewish education that includes the beginnings of consideration of Jewish education as moral education. 2. Lesson plan and administrative forms analysis Students may choose to do A or B a. Students will analyze a standard procedure for lesson planning and will either propose guidelines or an alternative methodology. b. Students will analyze certain administrative policies (behavior, absence, tsdakah, etc.) and propose guidelines or alternatives 3. Ethical Imperatives, The Ten Commandments, etc. a list of the ethical standards for at least one of the following religious school teachers religious school directors congregation school boards or PTAs Bureaus of Jewish education Jewish day school teachers HUC-JIR professional Jewish training schools and seminaries Jewish camps students in Jewish schools.... (propose one...) 4. Log or Journal of Educational thoughts VI. Grading Students will be assessed on participation, attendance, and work. Dr. Sherry H. Blumberg Office 523 x231 direct line 212-824-2231 home fax 914-426-3930.