PROGRAM — Private School Educator

Both my parents and my sister are educators. It is something we grew up with. We always spoke about educational matters around the dinner table, and I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, like my mother. Now I work as an administrator. Most of the children at our private school come from low-income families, and I help the families access scholarships so their children can attend the school.

I love that my school has a positive, happy atmosphere that you feel every time you walk in the door. Students are happy, teachers are happy. I love that we teach children about Judaism and Torah, so they are accessing the same heritage and texts that their ancestors learned about.

“Educating your children the way you want them to be educated should not just be a privilege of the wealthy. All families deserve this right, regardless of income.”

Educating your children the way you want them to be educated should not just be a privilege of the wealthy. All families deserve this right, regardless of income. It is abhorrent to think that some families get to choose where their kids go to school, while other families, with less money in their bank account, have no choice. It is so important that the educational landscape in America is open to all sorts of possibilities for all sorts of families.

In our school, we have many families who emigrated to America from the former Soviet Union. There was no school choice in Russia. You had to attend the public school or risk getting fined or worse. Your children had to study whatever the state deemed important, and woe betides if what the state deemed important conflicted with your religious beliefs or practices. Unlike the Soviet Union, America is a country built on freedom. Personal liberty is ingrained in our DNA. School choice is an expression of liberty and personal autonomy, and that is why it is so important.

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