Friday, April 02, 2004

new mockup for technology, quantifying knowledge, etc;

Do Beis Yaakov and Yeshivah high schools "grade" students work? Why? Do they know what "grade" means? Do they ask when it started? Did Sarah Shneier establish grading in
her original (i.e., Torah im Derekeh Eretz-modeled...), model of education and it's worth?
Rav Soloveitchik and Rambam schools? When did Lithuanian-modeled yeshivot (when
"forced" either by government or Jewish societal pressure), accept/embrace the quantifying
of knowledge? Quanitification is key to commodification, to "materializing" what is Highest into what is Lowest; does this happen in Talmud Torah with Jewish Neshamot in the making in the world? If so, what does it say about the core perceptions of how we as Torah-inclined Jews view said world? "Materialism", barely-defined (and when defined, invariably on a Non-Jewish definition), is fervently "opposed" by "the Torah Yeshivah World" -is there uncritical usage of the very means of
in our educational systems (just one example, hopefully more later).
If so, when we quibble about (Goyishe-defined) "materialism" in the Torah world, we respond
with (Goyische-defined), reactions to it, exalting what can only be called asceticism, worship of poverty (Goyishe words...), etc. There have always been "wealthy" pious jews, knowledgeable pious jews, etc, but in Torah terms (i.e., definitions, conceptions of proper wealth within Torah strictures), not simply on Jewish terms..gotta daven.


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