NY Times 7/31/15: NYC to Examine Secular Studies at Yeshivas

A group of schoolboys on a street in Borough Park, Brooklyn, last year. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times
The New York City Department of Education plans to investigate whether roughly three dozen private yeshivas are providing an adequate education in secular subjects like English, math and science, in response to a letter from parents, former students and former teachers expressing concerns, the department said this week.

Journal News 9/18/15: Some E. Ramapo Yeshivas Fail to Provide Basic Education

Some E. Ramapo yeshivas fail to prepare pupils in secular studies

Yoel Falkowitz, a Hasidic father of three, feels that the education his children are getting in a Yeshiva will leave them and other ultra-orthodox Jewish children unprepared to succeed in the outside world. (Video by Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

Public schools superintendent fails to oversee yeshivas.

AP News 8/23/15: NYC to Investigate Yeshiva Education

NEW YORK (AP) — There was no science, no geography and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Orthodox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the only reason he ever heard of the American Revolution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced it as “story time.”

Naftuli Moster said he never learned the words “cell” or “molecule” at the ultra-Orthodox schools he attended, where secular subjects were considered “unimportant or downright going against Judaism.”

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