Let My People Know

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “The school system.”

An important question one has to ask about every educational experience and every educational experiment is “What do you remember?”

The basic point is not “What should we do?” but “What is the outcome?”

Which means you cannot rely on a one-time experience or a shorter experience.

Any kind of stable educational system has better chances.

The school system can be very effective if it is good.

But there are problems attached to it.

You can transmit some knowledge, but not too much knowledge, in school.

And when you are staying in the school, especially in a Jewish one, it becomes a matter of enduring rather than enjoying.

That’s a problem.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz