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No time to rest

Posted by Simon Goulden - 20 Aug 2015

It used to be a well worn joke, with more than a grain of truth to it that “those who educate our community neither slumber nor sleep”. So it was that, holidaying in the USA, I found myself discussing Jewish schooling with community leaders there. They simply could not believe that the government funds most of the costs of schools in the English VA and Academy / free school sectors and that parents are only asked to help fund the Jewish Education of their children. They were even more dumbfounded when they learned that the constraints of the National Curriculum meant that many schools could only offer 25% of the school day in Jewish education or could only afford to, as parents were not making the funds available to employ more teachers for longer. When I told them the sums being sought from parents they shook their collective heads, as tuition fees in America and Canada are at least comparable to top schools in the private sector here. Parents here simply do not appreciate how lucky they are and the fact that some parents choose not to pay (won’t pay, rather than can’t pay, which is of course a very different matter) is a matter of shame for them, their children and our community.



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