Rabbi Daniel Schonbuch recently posted an article saying that Today’s Yeshiva System Is A Recipe To Create Kids At-Risk.
In the article Rabbi Schonbuch says:
In general our yeshiva system has become too elitist and too inflexible to meet the needs of a growing percentage of Jewish children.
Let me be perfectly clear: most yeshivas today only want to accept kids who are known as APKs or Auto Pilot Kids. They expect that children will be able to sit in large classrooms (25-30 per class) listening to one Rebbe, chap the gemarah after one lecture, and rely little on the teacher for their personal, intellectual, or emotional needs.
The truth is that a large and growing percentage of our children donâ€™t fit this mold. Many require individual attention, smaller classrooms, lessons and homework sheets suited to their needs, and a Rebbe that cares more about them than their marks. Many of our children need personalized attention, visually-based instruction (like slides or power point presentations), and Rebbes that are able to complement and bond with children who donâ€™t necessarily fit the mold. Our yeshivas mistakenly offer an education that doesnâ€™t reflect the dictum â€œChanoch leNoar lifee Darchoâ€ – to educate a child according to their way; rather, they maintain its â€œlifee Darcheinuâ€ meaning â€œitâ€™s our way or the highway.â€ So a significant proportion of Jewish children are rejected and find themselves out of the schools they need and onto the streets.
He also proposes a 12 point action plan.
Do you think Rabbi Schonbuch is correct in his assesment?
What percentage of high school students are in Yeshivos that don’t meet their needs?
Is this just a kids at risk issues, or is the average B student also under served?
Can our schools afford a finer tracked system?