New York - Brooklyn TV Tackles Thorny Subject Of Secular Education In Chasidic Yeshivos
New York - In a video interview released today on BRIC TV, a round the clock Brooklyn based channel discussing issues of interest to Kings County residents, three outspoken voices shared their thought on whether Chasidic yeshivas are providing students with an appropriate secular education.
The controversial topic is the subject of an active investigation by the city’s Department of Education and was debated by Amy Sara Clark, Naftuli Moster and Ezra Friedlander.
Clark, a deputy managing editor for The Jewish Week, is an investigative reporter who co-authored an in depth four part series detailing how Chasidic yeshivos are failing their students. The report, a joint collaboration between The Jewish Week and WNYC, faults the DOE for consistently looking the other way when it comes to questions regarding the quality of secular education offered in Chasidic yeshivos.
Naftuli Moster, founder of Young Advocates For Fair Education, is himself the product of a Chasidic yeshiva who feels that the yeshiva system failed him miserably.
In an attempt to force yeshivos to offer a more in depth secular education, Moster has taken out billboards advocating for his cause and most recently, contacted the DOE, urging them to investigate 39 yeshivos and force them to provide a secular education that is substantially equivalent to that offered by the public school system.
Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the Friedlander Group, has come out publicly against Moster and YAFFED, accusing them of sensationalizing the issue in order to discredit the Chasidic community and to undermine its educational system.
According to Friedlander, changes to the yeshiva system may well be needed but those modifications should be the result of requests by the parent body and not that of outsiders who may be driven by their own personal agendas.
Watch below video as Moster and Friedlander dish it out.
Courtesy of BRICK TV Brooklyn
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