The Immigrant Jew in America

The Immigrant Jew in America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...preceding holidays and the Sabbath. Evidently they are required at home to help " clean up " previous to these special days, and both parents and children do not seem to realize the importance of conforming to the school routine when it comes into conflict with some of the set habits of the home. It is suggested that parents' meetings with the teachers would remedy this as well as some other matters connected with school discipline. But the fact that many of the parents do not understand English and most of the teachers know only that language, is an effectual bar to the success of such meetings. The following observation of a principal should be considered: "They (the parents) encourage the boys, but less interest is shown in the girls. The latter leave at an earlier age." This is quite true and in accordance with ancient orthodox custom. It does not apply to Jews who have adopted the modern occidental point of view. The children show a decided interest in American institutions so far as the teachers have been able to observe. They learn the patriotic songs and study the history and constitution of the country with the same earnestness as other pupils, and have a general desire to adapt themselves to the prevalent customs and habits. The rapidity of adaptation is in accordance with the cosmopolitanism of the Jew. The results, on the whole, seem to indicate that the Jewish pupils excel the other pupils with whom they are associated in the lower section of the city, namely, the negroes and those of foreign extraction, chiefly Italians, and that they are fully on an intellectual plane with those of American extraction; that the parents encourage education; and the children show an active interest in the country, and consequently...
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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657396X
  • 9781236573964