Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools in NYC Keep Failing… and Things Just Got Worse

Apr 6, 2018

By Terry Firma

If a religious education is consistently and measurably inferior to one offered by public schools, it would make sense for parents to make a change. Who doesn’t want their child’s knowledge and academic skills to be at least on par with those of the average student?

You’d be surprised:

Roughly 57,000 students attend ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshivas in New York City, and according to activists from a group called Young Advocates for Fair Education, many of the students, particularly the boys, will finish school with poor to nonexistent English and math skills, and little knowledge of history or science.

That’s because English, math, and science are widely considered “profane” among the Hasidic population.

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11 comments on “Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools in NYC Keep Failing… and Things Just Got Worse

  • While many Jews and Xtians support Orthodox Jews out of religious tribalism, very few bother to find out what their beliefs actually entail!

    This earlier discussion could provide enlightening details!


    There are three key tenets of Orthodox Judaism, each associated with an array of laws that must be strictly adhered to. Of the three, people are generally familiar with two: the special dietary laws referred to as Kosher; and the rabbinical laws of the Sabbath, or Shabbat, that govern the do’s and don’ts during the day of rest between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.

    The third pillar of Orthodox Judaism, family purity or niddah, is one very few people outside of that insular world are aware of. However, if broken, the laws accompanying it carry a far greater penalty in the next world than those related to the Sabbath or keeping Kosher.

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  • @#1 – While many Jews and Xtians support Orthodox Jews out of religious tribalism, very few bother to find out what their beliefs actually entail!

    There are similar issues in the UK in regard to some aspects of education.


    Private Jewish school fails third Ofsted inspection for not teaching LGBT issues

    Vishnitz Orthodox girls’ school failed three inspections on the grounds it did not meet requirements set out in the Equalities Act>

    Private schools which do not meet Ofsted requirements – which include consideration of “spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils” – must improve or face closure.

    While tribalist Christians rush to the defence of fellow indoctrinated bigots!!

    Gill Robins from the Christians in Education campaign group criticised the decision, writing in a blog post: “It’s now been made crystal clear by Ofsted that the Equality Act is actually hierarchical, with sexual orientation and gender reassignment at the apex of the Act.

    “All equalities are equal but some equalities are more equal than others.

    “Ofsted has revealed its true agenda. It doesn’t matter how good your school is in all other respects – simply refusing to teach very young children about gender reassignment will lead to your closure.”

    Earlier this year, Education Secretary Justine Greening pushed through plans to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools.

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  • There are other concerns about UK Orthodox and “faith” schools:-


    Concerns have been raised about child safety in unregistered schools, after a BBC investigation filmed a teacher appearing to strike a pupil’s head.

    The BBC filmed a suspected unregistered ultra-orthodox Jewish school in Essex, and photos from two other such schools showed dirty and unhygienic conditions.

    Ofsted said it has identified more than 350 suspected unregistered schools, but lacked sufficient powers to close them.

    Schools in England should be registered with the government if they teach five or more children for 18 hours a week or more.

    Since 2014, more than 50 safeguarding alerts – concerns of abuse or neglect – were raised at schools not registered with the government, the BBC found.

    Photographs from inside two other suspected unregistered schools show shocking conditions, including poor food hygiene, dangerous wiring and dirty rooms in a state of disrepair.

    There are concerns over extremist material at some sites.

    The BBC obtained a copy of a book from an unregistered Islamic school in Birmingham.

    In one section it openly advocates the murder of homosexuals.

    “This punishment is to be carried out on both the one who does this and the one to whom it is done, if it is done freely and by choice”, the section read.

    Most of the safeguarding alerts the BBC uncovered related to physical abuse allegations. Some were also sexual.

    Not all unregistered schools are faith-based.
    Of those where a religious ethos is known, half are Islamic.

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  • @OP – Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools in NYC Keep Failing

    But with delusional success at personal and family doctrine immersion, and collective reinforcement from pluralistic ignorance, the Zionist god-delusion’s chosen people, are confident of their superiority in all aspects of knowledge and sources of knowledge, (while the rest of the world is wrong and of lower status)! 🙂

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  • Alan – Fortunately, for the Jewish population as a whole, the non-Hasidic element more than makes up for the Hasidic failings in the so-called ‘profane’ subjects:


    As of 2017, Nobel Prizes have been awarded to 892 individuals of whom 201 or 22.5% were Jews although the total Jewish population comprises less than 0.2% of the world’s population. This means the percentage of Jewish Nobel laureates is at least 112.5 times or 11,250% above average. Various theories have been made to explain this phenomenon, which has received considerable attention.

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  • Erol #5
    Apr 9, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Alan – Fortunately, for the Jewish population as a whole, the non-Hasidic element more than makes up for the Hasidic failings in the so-called ‘profane’ subjects:

    Very much so!

    The contrast in standards of debate on this site, between Orthodox Jews and secular Jews (as on the link @#1), is immediately evident to rational thinkers!

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  • Olgun

    That’s a very thought-provoking and even dismaying article. It would be very unfortunate indeed if certain scientists from the past had not been given the due credit that they should have. And as it states, today’s science can often be a large team effort, so that overlooking some members’ input into a big ‘discovery’ may now be more liable. Perhaps a complete overhauling of the Nobel Prize giving system is due.

    I note, however, that while female scientists may have been unfairly biased against in the past, there surely doesn’t seem to have been any sign of antisemitism in the award giving process.

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  • Sorry. Forgot quote;

    “The Nobel Prize is given to a maximum of three scientists, even when it (experiment) is a team effort from all over the world. If this Nobel Prize went to 20 people, Dhurandhar would be one of them,” Somak Raychaudhary, director, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, told HT. “The prize to the top three is given to those who built LIGO. But Dhurandhar built the mathematical tool that was very important to find the tiny vibrations from the passing gravitational waves.”

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