Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools in NYC Keep Failing… and Things Just Got Worse

By Terry Firma

If a religious education is consistently and measurably inferior to one offered by public schools, it would make sense for parents to make a change. Who doesn’t want their child’s knowledge and academic skills to be at least on par with those of the average student?

You’d be surprised:

Roughly 57,000 students attend ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshivas in New York City, and according to activists from a group called Young Advocates for Fair Education, many of the students, particularly the boys, will finish school with poor to nonexistent English and math skills, and little knowledge of history or science.

That’s because English, math, and science are widely considered “profane” among the Hasidic population.

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