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Dumbing Down Standards Is No Way To Educate

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

My twelfth-grade son is taking his SATs this week. And though years of being a bookworm have netted him an impressive vocabulary, he still kvetched when he heard that the vocabulary section of the SATs, along with the essay and math sections, will be slashed in the years after he takes them.

Less than two months ago the College Board announced its updating of the SATs by removing old vocabulary words, making math easier, ending penalties for guessing and discarding the mandatory essay. In the new SAT vernacular, this is a further “dumbing down” of already diminished requirements for American students at a time when they continue to fall precipitously in worldwide rankings.

And despite research that points to slightly higher percentages of black and Hispanic students over white students using test prep, College Board officials continue to claim that financially better-off students have an edge. In an effort to emphasize “fairness,” reduce “inequality” and “provide opportunity,”, they will partner with an online education site to help students prepare for the tests.

How ironic that this announcement was soon followed by the Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment banning affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. By legalizing states’ abilities to protect the rights of all student applicants based on merit rather than race, the court’s decision points to the need to strengthen rather than weaken the role of achievement in achievement tests.

Opponents of the ruling highlight the significant drop in enrollment of black and Hispanic students in the most selective colleges and universities in Michigan and other states like Florida and California that forbid affirmative action in higher education. What they don’t mention is the inverse increase in enrollment of deserving students who work hard and earn the right to be accepted.

These same opponents also overlook the proven insult and injury to minority students who rely on affirmative action and its twin partner of lowering educational expectations. The harm that results in rewarding failure and punishing success only serves to further compromise these students’ ability to perform.

It is not the role of schools or government to make people feel good about themselves. Self-esteem comes with productivity, not in the absence of it. And if rectifying the ills of affirmative action results in a decrease in blacks and Hispanics in colleges at a time when it is vital for our country to compete in a global marketplace, so be it.

No amount of artificial enhancements can take the place of a strong work ethic applied to learning. And that ethic is learned at home, irrespective of a family’s financial standing. Which is why those cultures imbued with a strong emphasis on education are the same ones succeeding today, in America and elsewhere.

As was recently reported, a single father from the Sichuan Province in China walks nine miles every day with his disabled 12-year-old strapped to his back so the boy can get an education. He estimates he’s walked 1,600 miles since he started taking his son to school because, though the boy is physically disabled, “there is nothing wrong with his mind.” Thanks to his father’s devotion, Xiao Qiang has climbed to the top of his class.

There are many similarities in the emphasis on education found in the Asian and Jewish communities. Indeed, it’s hard not to connect the dots between the People of the Book and their long history of success, despite the many challenges they’ve faced.

Long before there were laws against discrimination or financial safety nets, American Jews rose to the top academically and economically. The success stories of immigrant Jewish Americans in the early half of the past century and once-penniless Holocaust survivors in the second half attest to their determination to succeed despite obvious hardships.

Sara Lehmann

Graduation Fun for Neytz HaChochma Students

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

End-of-the-year activities have been a happy, busy time for Neytz HaChochma students. The excitement began on the last week of school with a motorboat ride and cookout picnic on an island off the 79th Street causeway.

The next day, the older boys who had finished Florida virtual school classes and completed their textbooks took part in a cake party. SAT scores were back and the results were spectacular. Most students jumped one grade and some even two grades for the year. Yosef S. achieved the highest SAT scores and made his teachers very proud.

Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Goldenberg was so delighted that he took the boys fishing. They went to nearby Oleta State Park with their poles. For all their efforts, only one fish was caught. Then their lessons were put to practical use: the fish was released and thrown back into the water because the boys determined it was not kosher.

The grand finale for the week was graduation day. Maimon B. gave the commencement speech. He expressed his appreciation to the school, his teachers, and all the staff by elaborating on the theme from the Torah: “A person cannot bring his friend’s Thanksgiving offering.” He graduated from AACE middle school and was accepted into a prestigious yeshiva high school by passing a vigorous examination.

Other students received certificates of achievement for their accomplishments not only in academics but also in notable social skills.

The day after graduation was full of fun and activity. Rabbi Hirsh, head of counseling, took the whole school on a nature walk. Then the children’s Judaic teacher, Rabbi Bukspan, strategically commandeered water wars on the schoolyard. Rabbi Goldenberg presided over a hot dog barbeque. Another cake was brought in. This time it was a birthday cake for Rabbi Bukspan. The children celebrated with their rebbe.

A martial arts tournament was held on the final day of the school year. Students received their certificates plus the appropriate color belt they earned

Camp Neytz got under way on July 2. The students are anticipating a great summer.

Neytz HaChochma, a nonprofit Jewish/orthodox exceptional student education school (ESE), is located at 901 NE 167th Street. The school’s curriculum includes a gifted program. For further information call 305-945-7483 or e-mail: info@aace.org.

Shelley Benveniste

Crossword Puzzle – Rashi & Family

Friday, January 6th, 2012



1. Hot tub

4. Dined

7. ___ out!

10. Make like Shyne

13. Joke

14. Bomb shelter item

15. Giant thrower

16. I, in Hebrew

17. Rashi’s last name?

19. And so on…

20. Machine part

21. Like freezer goods

22. Also

23. Parts of the day (Abbr.)

24. Slow music tempo

27. Pay someone to take the SAT’s for you, e.g.

29. ___ Hasandler, ancestor of Rashi

32. Whitish

33. Haifa to Tsfat dir.

34. Former Mets closer Braden

36. A grandson of Rashi

41. Saddest

42. First part of Kenobi’s first name

45. Middle child of Rashi

48. Rashi’s oldest

52. Amounts

53. Prepares certain meat for a Seder

54. Deg. for some doctors

55. A bit

58. Twisting force (alt. spelling)

59. Battleship piece

60. Kind of poem

61. A grandson of Rashi

65. Was, to a poet

66. One cheering, usually

67. Notable nickname for a president

68. Long ___….

69. Williams or Danson

70. Make latkes

71. Former spy letters

72. US political party



1. Hit the slopes

2. Peach leftover

3. Wood tool

4. Kind of wood (mentioned in the Torah)

5. Go up against

6. Author Blyton

7. Where you might find piggies?

8. Kind of voice

9. Bounce off of

10. Rashi’s youngest

11. Kind of coat

12. Messy place to live

18. Feeling it spiritually

24. Yes, to Captain Hook

25. Title for Vito or Michael

26. Computer brand

28. Lashon ___

30. Away from the wind, at sea

31. Loud

32. Comp. part

35. They’re ___ us!

37. Tad

38. End of a countdown, maybe

39. Vagrant

40. Some vid. files

43. Wager

44. You need them to board a plane

45. Rowlf is the oldest one (and can be seen in theaters now)

46. Is it hot __ __?

47. Crested

49. Makes like a frog

50. Nearly bygone mode of transportation

51. Every

56. Happy month

57. Disavow

58. Kind of musical group

62. Tavern

63. Go gray

64. Clean (the floor)


(Answers, next week)

Yoni can be reached at yglatt@youngisrael.org

Yoni Glatt

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