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by Mrs. Nicky Kagan “Why should I read? What for?” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 My Grade 9 class recently came across this line from Fahrenheit 451, and it really made me think about books and reading. Why do we, especially teachers, continue to stress the importance of reading, only to so often be told […]

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Do we have to learn today?

Do we have to learn today?

by Mr. Michael Teversham It’s a question that is becoming increasingly commonplace in the classroom. Like learning is some sort of punishment. That one can only take so much – if I gain another iota of newfound knowledge, I’m going to explode! The reflex response might be to chastise. “Do you know how lucky…blah, blah, […]

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Choices! Choices! Choices!

Choices! Choices! Choices!

by Mrs. Shari Weinberg Four sons, four different majors, four different careers! Helping my boys make decisions about their post-secondary options was definitely challenging at times. I remember that jumble of emotions they went through from excitement, terror and happiness of waiting and receiving offers, visiting universities, and contemplating decisions for their future. Depending on […]

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Holocaust Studies Class Guest Speakers

Holocaust Studies Class Guest Speakers

This week in our Holocaust Studies class, we had the privilege to hear two fascinating and incredible Holocaust survivors. We were honoured to hear from Stefania Sitbon, from The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Pinchas Gutter, who partakes in the New Dimensions in Testimony project which we previously visited earlier this semester. Stefania survived the war in […]

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Daddy, You missed it!

Daddy, You missed it!

by Rabbi Ephraim Kleinberg One of my greatest mentors and role models is a man who after surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, went on to a 53-year career in teaching and educational leadership. He once shared with me his opening remarks each year at the kindergarten graduation. He would say to the parents: “Put […]

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Teaching Toward Confrontation

Teaching Toward Confrontation

By Hillel David Rapp The consciousness of homo religiosus [Religious Man] is overflowing with questions that will never be resolved. He scans reality and is overcome with wonder, fixes his attention on the world and is astonished. Homo religiosus is dissatisfied, unhappy with this world. He searches for an existence that is above empirical reality. […]

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