Monday, February 22, 2010

The CTO’s Day Off

As I’m sure you’ll all agree, hearing about a specific cultural phenomenon from others just isn’t the same as experiencing and witnessing it first hand.

Thus, while on an intellectual level, I knew ahead of time that Rosh Chodesh Adar basically marks the end of the school year for Israeli high school seniors – hey, I even blogged about it! – I’m still surprised that the CTO has had so few classes over the past week and a half.

Today was a case in point.

After moseying on over to his yeshiva for an hour or two of shiur, he was back home by late morning and – in what can only be described as a classic example of life imitating art –watched “Ferris Bueller's Day Off”.

His reaction?

He enjoyed the movie* but was amused by the fact that American schools – in stark contrast to their Israeli counterparts - are strict about attendance…



* Who doesn’t? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? ;-)


  1. After all your remarks about days off in Israeli schools, I am wondering what you think of the academic level before students go to college.

  2. Ilana-Davita - Good question.

    But all kidding aside, the truth is that the CTO goes to one of the country's top yeshiva high schools, which is known for its high academic standards. And besides, the kids are really supposed to use all this time off to prepare for the bagruyot (the matriculation exams)...


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