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Effective Curriculum Development: Rabbi Hirsch, Professor Hirsch, and Me

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Steve Bailey

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Curriculum)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Methodology; Curriculum; Judaic Studies

Type: Report


The author describes his experience designing Judaic studies curricula for middle- and high school students, and receiving feedback from educators regarding the results. In order to succeed, the author draws lessons from two people named Hirsch: Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, famous for his successful integration of loyalty to tradition with immersion in modernity; and Professor E.D. Hirsch, who teaches the idea of identifying and teaching "core knowlegde" necessary for cultural literacy.

In Jewish Education News, Spring 2004.