For our students, this is far from the truth. As exemplified in our Yom Yerushalayim program, our fourth graders were able to speak eloquently in both Hebrew and English from the bimahin the Merkaz as they shared their studies of the modern state of Israel’s roots. Many of our eighth graders have given D’vrei Torah at board meetings in front of adults that they have never met. They share willingly of their studies and give glimpses into their personal lives as they interpret the week’s Torah portion.
There is no doubt in my mind that one of the most critical skills for our students to learn is to be an effective communicator. Sharing one’s thoughts in a public forum is a crucial element of this. In each of our grades, we provide a number of opportunities to hone these skills whether it is through reading Torah, being part of a class performance, or working on an individual speech.
The ability to speak with confidence and poise builds success for life. It is a lifelong skill that will pay dividends beyond speaking confidently at a bar or bat mitzvah. So the next time that you are asked to speak at a public event, instead of trying to imagine that you are speaking to an empty room, ask your Schechter student for some tips.
Dr. Ari Yares
Head of School