In its short existence, Israel has become a global hub for innovation, entreprenuership, and advancement. How does innovation connect to Lag B'Omer festivities? In an opinion piece on ISRAEL21c by Inbal Arieli, an Israeli high-tech entreprenuer, she touches upon key educational principles of a learner-centered approach, connecting how celebrating Lag B'Omer in Israel can lead to a nation of innovators. She writes:
"There are certain characteristics that are important to raising a child who will mature into a successful, productive adult: independence, an adventurous and curious spirit, resilience, commitment, integrity, agility and camaraderie. However, instilling these characteristics often runs counter to a mother’s natural instinct to protect...
Children [on Lag B'Omer] are allowed to build bonfires, which runs counter to the normal rule 'Don’t play with fire.' The kids are responsible for it all – from gathering the wood to igniting the flame. Adults are present (until the kids are about 13, at which time they won’t allow us to join them anymore!) but we let them create their own boundaries.... I find that these characteristics have led Israelis to lead the world in innovation and entrepreneurship." < Full Article >
So as we transition from the indoors to the outdoors, here are some resources to use with your learners as a source of empowerment to dream big.