I’ve been moderating this blog for 20 months now. I’ve made 160 posts and gotten almost 300,000 page views. I’ve read (most of) thousands of comments and responded to some of them.
We’ve covered lots of topics including blended learning, Hebrew charter schools, assistant teachers, school calendars, marketing costs, government funding, Communal funding, discounts for teachers and rabbis, transparency in finances, scholarship abuse, Talmud Torahs, and more. Hopefully the discussion has caused some positive change in Bergen County or has at least caused some people to consider certain ideas that they hadn’t yet thought about.
What I haven’t succeeded at doing is encouraging civility in our discourse. Perhaps it’s just our nature to be nasty when no one (at least no one mortal) can see us doing it. Though compared to some other unmoderated blogs and especially the comments section on youtube, the discussion here does remain somewhat polite and on topic. Some people thought I should delete comments that were uncivil but that’s not really my MO. I’m not a big fan of censorship and I think adults should make their own decisions on how to speak. To all those who contributed in positive ways with your comments I wish you sincere thanks.
At this point I’ve said all I have to say about yeshiva tuition. Also I need to focus on other things in my life right now and can’t spend that much time musing about yeshiva tuition. I’m looking for someone else to take over the blog or to make a new blog so we can continue the conversation. Please email me offline at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
For those that were offended by things I’ve said I beg for mechilah and hope you understand that everything I’ve done on this blog was done out of love for our community and out of a sincere desire for our mesorah to continue to be transmitted to future generations, which can only be done if the community can afford the growing expense of yeshiva tuition.
I encourage everyone to get involved in other ways to help solve the tuition crisis. Make your voices heard. Come to board meetings. Speak to administrators. Get involved in fund raising. Volunteer for the scholarship committee. Accept that you may need to sacrifice some things you like in your school to help bring down costs. And above all, try to stay positive.
Wishing everyone a Kativa V’chatima Tova,