Folks Schuler Buch

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Folks Schuler Buch
The history of the Montreal Jewish People's School dates to 1911 when an initiative was undertaken by a group of young intellectuals, for the most part recently arrived immigrants from Eastern Europe, who were dissatisfied with the low state of Jewish education in Montreal. They sought to organize a modern and progressive educational system which would, more meaningfully and positively, link the Jewish child with his people. The founders, a large number of whom were inspired by the social and national ideals of Labour Zionism, opened a school in 1913 and sought to transmit the cultural heritage of the Jewish people through a creative and positive presentation of the age-old national-religious traditions to students; and thus to ensure Jewish survival and continuity in their new land. They named this new educational institution the "National Radical School". By 1914, a splinter group, headed by Dr. Yehuda Kaufman, Moishe Dickstein, Abraham Parnass and others, had become disenchanted with some aspects of the educational program and organized the "Yiddishe Folks Shulen", i.e. "The Jewish People's School". The new school continued to foster the progressive and modern pedagogical approaches that had been established earlier, but introduced a number of fundamental changes in program and curriculum which moved away from the "Yiddishist" tendencies of the National Radical School. The new school system believed in full equality of Hebrew and Yiddish, the strengthening of Jewish consciousness, a greater emphasis of Jewish national aspirations, Zionism as an essential cornerstone of the curriculum, greater stress on Jewish tradition, customs and ceremonies, Bible study in Hebrew, and the study of excerpts from classical literature, as vital components of Judaism in its historical development.
Jewish People's Schools
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Folks Schuler Buch. Montreal: Jewish People’s Schools, 1929.
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