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Immigrant Names and Issues of Assimilation

OBSERVATIONS ON CONTEMPORARY NAMING PRACTICES by Joel Shatzky As an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College/CUNY for the last decade (after a thirty-seven year career at SUNY, Cortland), I have noticed trends in students’ names that seem to reveal their parents’ desire to establish a sense of identity distinctly of their own choice. This is in some […]

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Janusz Korczak’s Child-Centered Philosophy

THE WARSAW GHETTO MARTYR WAS A RENOWNED EDUCATOR by Joel Shatzky From the Autumn 2016 issue of Jewish Currents JANUSZ KORCZAK (pen-name of Henryk Goldszmit, July 22, 1878-August 7, 1942) is remembered primarily as a martyr of the Holocaust who accompanied the Jewish children of his Dom Sierot Orphanage in Warsaw to the Treblinka death […]

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More on “Selma” and Progressive Jews

by Joel Shatzky I RECENTLY SAW the film Selma and read the very comprehensive and moving response to it at the Jewish Currents website by Al Vorspan concerning the absence in the movie of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was pictured in an iconic 1964 photo marching in the front line with Martin Luther King, […]

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Charter Schools on the Rise

“School Choice” versus Public Education by Joel Shatzky From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents THE RAPID GROWTH OF CHARTER SCHOOLS over the past twenty years has been lauded by some educators, many politicians, and the so-called “reformers” (such as Wendy Kopp of Teach for America and Eva Moskowitz of Success Academies) as a […]

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Billy Yalowitz’s “East Towards Home”

by Joel Shatzky The script of Billy Yalowitz’s multi-media paean to Woody Guthrie and the Jewish-American left, “East Towards Home,” contains a great deal of nostalgia for this reviewer. Using four characters — Woody Guthrie; Sylvie, the politically committed dancer, roughly modeled after Woody’s second wife; Marjorie (nee Greenblatt), the Teller, who does much of […]

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Envisioning Successful Schools

by Joel Shatzky from the Autumn, 2013 Jewish Currents Judging from my experience training teachers for four decades and witnessing several waves of damaging conservative attacks on public education in the U.S., most children who learn well today, and most teachers who build actual teaching careers, do so in spite of the school system rather […]

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Here’s the Good News: Arts in Education

by Joel Shatzky After attending my fiftieth reunion of the High School of Music and Art (now LaGuardia High) last autumn, I wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the joys I had experienced there, learning through the arts. “Each of us at M & A had a share of a ‘personalized’ curriculum,” I […]

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