What We’ve Learned–The Students of 2013

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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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