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Data, Idols, Passover, and Slavery

1. Whenever I hear Jewish day school people babble about being “data driven,” I think of the classic scene from the film Glengarry Glen Ross,  in which Alec Baldwin, as a slickly evil dude named Blake, announces to a drab room of beat-down salesmen: The good news...

Dr. Amy Sales

In the coming year, “conventional wisdom” will likely be upended by data. As more schools enter their numbers into JData, PEJE, communities, and the schools themselves will be able to see: actual cost of delivering day school education to a child; changes in cost over...

It’s 2013, Do You Know Where Your Affordability Is?

You have opinions about day school affordability. Theories, ideas, firmly held preconceptions—they are in your brain, just bouncing around. I myself am currently holding three or four impossible perspectives in my head, and it’s not even breakfast. The Affordability...

Help Me Help You!

I have a new favorite line I use with my three sons: “Help me help you.” Here’s how I use it: “Aaron, I want to take you to baseball tonight. Help me help you by getting your homework done!” —and— “Jonah, I want to have all 29 neighborhood boys over on Shabbat, the...