Reviving Jewish Classical Education

This week Andrew and Beth speak with Eric Cohen, author and founder of The Lobel Center for Jewish Classical Education where we discuss the importance of classical education for the Jewish community, the differences between classical and progressive schooling and the relationship between classical education and academic rigor.

Cohen shares some of the initiatives of his new organization, including partnerships to train Jewish classical teachers and launching a Jewish version of Teach for America. He also talks about his collaborative experiences working with organizations and individuals affiliated with the Christian classical school community.

Eric Cohen is the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic, and serves on the board of directors of several prominent organizations. His writing have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostCommentaryThe New Republic, and First Things. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.

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