Dear YW Editor: I have a question to pose to the YW community, to elicit comment and discussion, and perhaps debate, but only respectful debate, keeping in mind that we are bein ha’metzarim and should take extra pains to be careful.
As parents begin to seek schools for young children (first grade and onward), would parents prefer generally a school where the learning skills are better, or a school where the children receive a more hearty dose of lessons in midos and bein adam l’chavero, but where their skills in teiching a mishna or gemorah would be at lower level?
A person’s response might contemplate whether the parents view themselves as partners with the cheder, and whether parents believe that they can better supplement (a) interpersonal relationships, or (b) learning skills in the home.
For those ever so fortunate to have their children enrolled in a school that offers excellent educational and midos-themed components, they are in wonderful position. But, for those who see a choice between the “sharp” school, and the “nicer” school, where do your/our priorities sit, and why?
A Yeshivaworld reader.
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