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Let our children go back to their roots and values

  1. 1. – Experience is Worth a Thousand Pictures Let Our Children Go... back to their roots and valuesIntroduction: When it comes to education in Israel, there is a consensus that a real changeof concepts and of conducting the schools – is essential. Ive analyzed this issue according to the Theory of Constraints (-TOC) 1 andfound that the fundamental problem is: lack of challenges – which leads to boredomand loss of interest. The bored students do not usually see any connection between the learningmaterial taught to them and the life-skills they need, and so they act accordingly. One area that suffers the most from this situation is Bible studies and theJewish Heritage. The program suggested hereby, is a challenging one that combines theseareas with active experiences and experiments in Science.Background: Today, every learning subject/class is taught separately. The subjects are notlinked or connected in school. This way of conduct leads to preoccupation withuseless unnecessary details. The conclusion Ive come to – with the help of the book "Noise"2 – is that wemust "combine like terms", and "house" different subjects "under a single roof", as wesay in Hebrew. Thus, we minimize the noise made by insipid details. To this many supporting references can be found. For instance: In Humanities and related fields of knowledge, it is customary to gather detailsinto a story in order to raise and maintain interest in a topic. The best way to ignite interest, curiosity and then creativity is to actively takepart in experiencing that thing. Actively taking part in experiencing something results in fascination in it, andis the core of Chemistry, Physics, Biology and the related subjects. It was not for no reason that the people of Israel, standing in Mount Sinai said“na’aseh v’nishma” (= we will do and then understand).The programs principles: The program is based on the following principals:1 The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a management philosophy developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, author of"The Goal", "Its Not Luck", "Critical Chain" and more. In recent years TOC is very popular in the high-tech andbusiness worlds.2 Jacob Burak’s book Noise: The Profile of a Cultural Disorder deals with social behaviours. All rights reserved to Dr. Rami Kallir Ltd © Tel 972-4-6380422, Fax: 972-4-6380374, Kallir@netvision.net.il
  2. 2. – Experience is Worth a Thousand Pictures a) Approaching the topic by telling a captivating story/riddle/dilemma3. This is done by using modern language the children could relate to, and by addressing deep familiar feelings4 – fears, doubts, insecurities, etc. – when presenting the protagonists problem. Each lessons original story from the Bible /Gemara /other-ancient-source is attached for frequent references to be made during the lesson. b) Structured guidance is given to students as to using TOC thinking tools so that the find logical practical solutions to the problem, which they can then inflict onto their own day-to-day lives. c) Experiments and practical activities illustrate the logical solution, so at the end of a lesson – the concrete outcome is an actual product. d) The activities and experiments are very clear, structured and easy to understand, so that any student/teacher/parent/grandparent can do them with children, using tools and materials found in every household. e) The program will be activated by direct instructive guidance, using specially-suited kits and tools (-CDs, websites, etc.) to implement the information. f) The program will be activated in several versions: as an annual/semestrial program according to age groups and different topics and subjects in the Bible and in Jewish tradition; and as special days according to Jewish holy days.The programs concept The combination of science and Bible studies makes a unique program thatmerges, for the first time, humane aspects such as storytelling and theatrical actingalong side scientific experiments. The program empathizes developing various thinking styles such logical,critical and creative thinking. Practical experimenting allows a heterogenic group of students to pleasurablyengage in scientific issues that are usually perceived as complicated and hard tounderstand. Many of the programs topics fit the formal educations curriculum, and canenrich it with much-needed active, practical, fun experiences, that are currently absentform science classes. The program can be annual or semestrial.The programs goal 1. Exposing the students to the connections and links between different disciplinary fields of knowledge. 2. Developing and nurturing the childrens curiosity, creativity and the drive to discover.3 " The only way to understand the world, Magnus would say, is to tell a story. Science, said Magnus,only leads to knowledge of how things function. Stories lead to understanding. " – from MarcelMörings novel, In Babylon.4 As claimed in Bruno Bettelheims book The Uses of Enchantment, published in 1976 . All rights reserved to Dr. Rami Kallir Ltd © Tel 972-4-6380422, Fax: 972-4-6380374, Kallir@netvision.net.il
  3. 3. – Experience is Worth a Thousand PicturesSuggested topics5 1. Tohu va-Vohu – "…the earth was unformed and void" – the science of Chaos – uncertainty as to whats to come – no control of time – building a time-pendulum. 2. Ha-Mabul – "The Flood" – global warming – greenhouse affect – ecological holocaust. 3. Moshe Ba-Teiva – "Moses in the bulrushes ark" – building Moses ark – floating on water – water proof materials and the surface tension of water. 4. Ha-Sneh Ha-Boer – The "burning bush"– low temperatures burnable resins (– inflammable materials). 5. Mayim Min Ha-Sela – "water out of the rock" – identifying plants that testify to the existence of ground water – water percolation – wellsprings, siphons and wells. 6. Homot Yeriho Noflot – "and the wall fell down flat" – uses of energy of sound – frequencies that crash rocks – ultra sound. 7. David and Goliath – the cumbersome physique of a giant; why smooth round stones – the motion-energies of a sling. 8. Akeidas Yitzhak –Sacrificing Yitzhak – as sacrificing infants was common, Abrahams greatness is to rebel against this. 9. Yosef Be-Mitzrayim – Joseph in Egypt – agricultural economy – how to educate the people to properly keep and store their crops – making matzas. 10. Lag BaOmer – ridding of all inflammable things before the time of summer heat-waves. 11. Hanukkah – using pure clear olive oil because it contains a lot of water that decrease burning. 12. Esh Min Ha-Shamayim – "Fire from heaven" – lighting fire without human touch. 13. Yaacov lays down on stones – right division of body weight. 14. Ha-Keshet BeAnan – "And the bow shall be in the cloud" – features of light: blue sky, red sunset. 15. Israelites and Philistines – technological society: processing metals, using wheels, navigation and trade Vs. agricultural society. 16. David and Saul – different sounds affecting different moods: battle-cries to lullabies. 17. Damning water – presence of parasites and germs in water – removal of them with plant extracts, etc. 18. Producing wine, liquor, bread and cheese – the birth of technology. 19. Burning incense – repelling flying insects – ridding of lice with lavender oil and rosemary oil. 20. Roll the stone from the wells mouth – protecting waters quality against animals.5 The Biblical quotes are taken from the Mechon-Mamre translation of the Bible on the internet. All rights reserved to Dr. Rami Kallir Ltd © Tel 972-4-6380422, Fax: 972-4-6380374, Kallir@netvision.net.il
  4. 4. – Experience is Worth a Thousand PicturesWorkshops according to the Jewish holy days - Rosh ha-Shana and Sukkot 1. Honey-dipped apples – preparing sweets with seasonal fruits. 2. Mathematics and Sukkah decorations – preparing unique decorations: Mobius rings, spirals and more. 3. Hag ha-Asif – Time of Harvest – picking olives, oil retention, preserving olives. 4. Come the rain and the bow in the cloud – the rainbow – mixing and separating colors, white light and the colors of the rainbow. - Channuka 1. Dreidels and optical illusions: making special dreidels with different spinnig illusions, 2/3 dimentional, movement and color illusions. 2. Kaleidoscope: flexible morrors duplicate the candle light numerous times; creating a kaleidoscope with a triple prism, to get a new colorful look on the world. 3. Candles: why pure olive oil? – making colorful candles. 4. Shadows and colors: Do different light sources effect shadows? – building a peeping box, and experimenting with different objects and sources of different colors. 5. Glowing in the dark: activity in an invisible "ultra-violet" light with light- emitting materials and phosphoric-color materials. - Tu bi-Shvat and Family day 1. Spices and medicinal plants: etheric oils in plants – reviewing ways to extract smells from plants and experiencing dissolving oil in different solvents. At the end – preparing spicy fragrant oil in a little bottle. 2. Chemical garden: a spectacular garden of crystals in liquid. We will demonstrate dissolvability of different materials in different solutions, follow the differences between them, and each student will create his/her own chemical garden. 3. Tastes and smells: how many tastes are there really? Four or four-hundred? By making different favored drinks: a blue lemon drink; green strawberry drink, etc. 4. Gel bracelets: using an amazing matter that absorbs water rapidly, turning it into soft gel particals. At the end we make a spectacular gel bracelet. 5. Pattern and models: between art and science – students make their own palm-pattern with special matter which solidifies in one minute. Pour calcium sulfate into it – and get a palm model of their hand. - Purim - Lag baOmer / Yom haAtzmaut(=independence day) - Shavuot - All rights reserved to Dr. Rami Kallir Ltd © Tel 972-4-6380422, Fax: 972-4-6380374, Kallir@netvision.net.il