YAFFED and Illiteracy in English in America

Opinion 

What It’s Really Like to Be ultra-Orthodox in America – and Illiterate in English

I stood aghast at the epic travesty: My own adult brother – an American citizen born to American citizens, raised inside its borders, a dad raising children of his own – could barely read a sentence in the language of his land

A voter casting a ballot in Kiryas Joel, New York, November 2, 2010.
A voter casting a ballot in Kiryas Joel, New York, November 2, 2010.Mark Lennihan / AP

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7 thoughts on “YAFFED and Illiteracy in English in America

  1. This whole thing of not getting the basic education for everyday life has gone too far they need to be stoped and punished if they dont meet the basics fluent english and highter math and science

  2. Why haven’t you reprinted Avi Schicks Op-ed in the New York Daily News regarding the other side of the coin? I’ve seen it reprinted in a few other sites which are not as open as yours.

  3. “…who could not easily read a sentence in the language of his land…” This somewhat misses the point. He most likely doesn’t really consider it his land. He’s no more part of America than our moonwalking astronauts were part of the moon. He’s here physically but that’s more or less where it stops. Ultra-orthodox men live in a parallel society, largely unconnected to the larger American one in which it’s embedded. They’re scarcely Americanized.

  4. “For many observant Jews, secular education has no intrinsic value”. So we should just let them do whatever they want?
    Problem is:
    “For many observant Jews, secular morality has no intrinsic value.” So we should just let them do whatever they want?

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