Lakewood School sets the bar higher
Lakewood's elementary school Yeshiva Bais Hatorah, commonly known as the "Gaon's School", models itself after certain Israeli schools, and follows a very unconventional schooling approach.
The following letter (in part) was sent out to all parents:
General Chinuch Guidlines:
- In compliance with the warnings of the gedolim about the dangers of the internet, it is prohibited to have internet in your home (even if you feel that you have safeguarded against access by children). In the event that internet access is a business necessity, the computer must have a password and be physically locked. Additionally, the Yeshiva must be told that you have internet in the home.
- Non-Jewish magazines and periodicals are not permitted in the home.
- Children should not listen to the radio. (It goes without saying that watching television, DVDs or videos is forbidden.)
- Children may not visit the public library even with adult supervision.
- Non-Jewish reading materials must be carefully screened by parents before being made available to talmidim.
- Talmidim must refrain from following professional sports as it is not in the Torah spirit.
- Talmidim should not play games on the computer or use a game boy.
- Talmidim may not own palm pilots or cell phones.
- Extreme caution must be exercised in relation to trips or visits to non-Jewish places.
In philosophy it may not at all be extreme- but in its mandatory approach?