Toward the Professionalization of Jewish Teaching
Publication Date: February 1990
Publisher(s): Commission on Jewish Education in North America
Author(s): Isa Aron
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Professionalism; Jewish Education; Employment; Educators
Coverage: United States
This paper looks at the Jewish teaching profession through the rubric of three criteria assumed to be integral to any profession: legitimacy, autonomy and commitment. Section one analyzes the extent to which the Jewish teaching profession meets these criteria; section two concerns the differences between Jewish and secular education, and the implications of these differences for the legitimacy and autonomy of Jewish teachers. Section three explores several dimensions of commitment which are particularly relevant to Jewish teaching. Section four offers recommendations on how to increase the professionalism of Jewish teachers.