Day School Advocacy Campaign

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  1. Menachem Schechter says:

    I could not agree more. I have been talking about the brewing tuition crisis for some time, and the response has been at best, non-committal. People seem to accept it as a fact of life, all the while wondering how they are going to pay the bills, and figuring out how a larger family will impact their financial position. The high cost of Yeshiva education does more put a financial strain on American Orthodoxy. It causes families to make decisions between a larger family and paying the bills – scholarship assistance is there, but no-one wants to plan on relying on that. It also makes a family’s decision on Yeshiva vs. public school, for families on the fringes of Orthodoxy, that much easier. Rationalizing public school with some Hebrew Sunday School is allot easier when Yeshiva education is $10K+ per child per year.
    I think not nearly enough is being done to address these issues, and that is not surprising considering how few people want to acknowledge the issues in the first place.
    I look forward to additional comments in this space where we can put forth potential solutions as well as creating awareness for the crisis at hand.

  2. Ori Pomerantz says:

    This is not just a crisis in Orthodoxy, or even Judaism. This seems to be a general issue all over the US, both for private K-12 education and for university education.

    It wasn’t that long ago, historically speaking, when high school / Yeshiva education was a sign of status and university education was reserved for the children of the rich, who could pay, and the very intelligent and studious, who got scholarships. Today high school is considered a bare minimum, and university degrees are almost the norm.

    This was accomplished, to a degree, through greater social financing of education – whether by taxes and governments, or by donations. Another factor was educators who were willing to settle for a lower standard of living than they could achieve doing other jobs. Today the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way – towards parents-financed education and educators who expect to be paid according to their skill level.

    In industry, we managed to reduce the cost of training by using more technology. A lot of the routine subjects are handled by Web Based Training, which is more expensive to produce but has a much lower cost per student. This frees trainers to teach more complicated subjects.

    I wonder if we could do something similar for K-12.

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