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Pence’s Dybbuk

A SHORT PLAY by Joel Schechter [Note:  On February 22, Vice President Mike Pence visited a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis where gravestones had been desecrated. He helped a community group restore the headstones. The rest of the story is told here for the first time.] Trump:  I’m sending you to Missouri on a special […]

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Celia Adler’s Advice to the Players

by Joel Schechter WHEN I DELIVER an introductory lecture on Yiddish theater at San Francisco State University, not all of the students in the class are Jewish, far from it; they come from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities. Once, after I finished discussing a few Yiddish actors and writers, a student asked me […]

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Educating for Democracy

No Citizen Left Behind by Joel Shatzky The well-known failures of American education today have less to do with the absence of solutions than with our school system’s inability, or unwillingness, to implement them. John Dewey, after all, gave us fundamental insights about the importance of active, participatory learning some seventy years ago.

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The American Way of Miseducation

Some Radical Proposals for Reform by Joel Shatzky The American educational system has been considered ‘in crisis’ ever since the 1966 report by Johns Hopkins sociologist James S. Coleman, Equality of Educational Opportunity, suggested that race and class were more influential than school funding in shaping educational outcomes. Rather than looking at the fundamental social […]

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