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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Breaking the Mold

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From Rabbi David

Children riding bikes

One of our moms recently got me really excited about a revolutionary new model of schooling called Acton Academy. You can visit their website ( if you'd like to learn more but in short it is built on the idea that children need to be in charge of their own learning journey and that, given the space, they can do just about anything.

I think what excites me most about the model is that Gan Sinai is built on some of the same core ideas - putting children at the center; letting children play and explore and allowing children to have some ownership over their own growth.

The overwhelming majority of our public and private schools may not want to acknowledge it or do anything about it but there is a desperate need for a reimagining of our education system. There are changes that need to be made up and down the system but also at a foundational and fundamental level. Schools, as they are, do not prepare our children for a future in which the answers are not nearly as important as the questions; creativity and grit are essential skills; and critical thinking is a basic job requirement.

If you are an education nerd like I am, you may want to learn more about Acton Academy. It inspired me!

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