Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (2011) is not a book about education, but it is a compelling instructive work about how we make decisions. He posits two co-existent systems of thought within every person: one that is fast, intuitive and emotional and a second that is slow, deliberative and rational. In the current highly-charged atmosphere that suffuses any conversation about Israel, it is all too easy to get sucked into thinking fast, in a word ‘tweeting’, which not only limits the number of characters, it also engages emotion at the expense of reason.
Responding to rapidly unfolding events as educators requires tending both to our students and to ourselves. In this short essay, Rabbi Josh Feigelson, founder and director of Hillel's Ask Big Questions initiative, outlines three important questions to consider--for our own minds and hearts, and for those of our students. Resposted from Huffington Post
Original Source: eJP
by Cyd Weissman
Minutes after coming out of the bomb shelter last week, I saw a father and his twin daughters finish a meal and quietly chat in a Tel Aviv restaurant as if nothing had just happened. On the streets of Jerusalem a mother told me that her 7 year old son was managing the incoming rockets just fine. “Can we do it again” (go in the shelter), he asked? “I want to hear the boom, like the video game.” What can we do as parents and educators when our children are experiencing danger either in real time or in virtual space?
For many of us outside of Israel during this conflict, we are connecting with people and stories through our Facebook feeds. Some powerful images have been shared - some of them widely circulated and others very personal - which give us a glimpse into life in Israel. Seeing these photos as educational tools, and using a set of questions that we have adapted from Zion Ozeri's Jewish Lens project, we can open up discussion.
We can ask the questions:
Each camp in the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History is encouraged to find the best ways to embed opportunities to learn about Israel into their environment, and to add new elements each summer. This individualized approach leads to creative, inspirational approaches to Israel education that complement, rather than compete with, local camp culture and customs.
This week has brought great sorrow and angst as Operation Tzuk Eitan (Protective Edge) expands to include ground forces in an effort to end Hamas’ ability to fire rockets and carry out attacks on Israeli civilians. Government officials braced the Israeli public for casualties in what they knew would be a difficult operation. Indeed, our worst fears turned to reality as, the IDF suffered its first casualties this past weekend.