Monday, June 3, 2013

What We've Learned--The Students of 2013

The school year is over, so it's time to find out what our students have learned.

What We've Learned

Don’t let anyone dictate the way you live.

On my favorite day of this year, I got accepted into Columbia and Cornell Universities.

My favorite thing about Memphis is Shelby Farms.  Or the Orpheum.  Or the Ridgeway Four.  One of these three.

Start trying.  If you don’t, you’ll regret it.  Trust me.

Rabbi Lubetski told me once, “Don’t worry about the test scores.  Work hard and learn for the sake of learning, and you will do well and grow an appreciation for it.”

The worst fashion trend at the school this year was the colored pants.

I would like for adults to understand that we are the future generation.  The world will one day be run by us and be taken care of by us.  Adults need to understand the importance of education for teens, so one day this world can continue in the path of success. 

One major misconception about Orthodox Jews is that we are completely oblivious to the world around us.  Our brains won’t explode if you shove a smart phone in our face.

The most valuable thing I learned this year was the conflict between evolution and Judaism. Learning made me understand to be more open and strengthened my Judaism. 

Never break into the girls’ school at 1:30 in the morning.

I would like adults to understand that a lot of stress actually does come our way.

My favorite day of this year was when I looked at my SAT scores.  They were fortunately good.

I got into college!

If there is an observing Jew in a show or movie, they’re always Chasidish.  We don’t all look like that.

It goes by really fast, so enjoy it.

The most valuable thing I learned this year was to love.

Take a deep breath and calm down.  Relax.

The best advice a teacher ever gave me was to put my video games away and listen to more Big Star.

The truth is that Orthodox Jews are just like everyone else you meet on the street.

The best advice a teacher gave me was “Do not accept a ‘just accept it’ answer.  Always try to understand the problem and come up with the answer on your own.”

Go outside and get off your phone once in a while.

Mr. Rochester loves Jane.

I stole the idea for "What We've Learned" from Esquire Magazine.  Click here for what my students learned in previous years.

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