Daily News 1/7/19: Yeshiva Students Deserve Basic Education

Yeshiva students deserve basic education too: All of New York should stand up and support MaryEllen Elia’s move to safeguard secular instruction

Yeshiva students deserve basic education too: All of New York should stand up and support MaryEllen Elia's move to safeguard secular instruction
Naftuli Moster is right that all kids must be taught the basics. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

It began with a thirst for knowledge.

According to Naftuli Moster, founder of Young Advocates for Fair Education, he attended ultra-Orthodox yeshivas until he was 20 years old. Moved to study mental health, he enrolled in Touro College seeking a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  There he found he had no formal high school diploma and, lacking basic skills in English, writing, history, math and science, only passed the entrance exam through extensive onsite coaching. In class, professors used terms he had never heard before, like “molecule,” “essay” and “Constitution.”

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