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An Eye Opening Experience - Panim el Panim 2/2012

Posted on 02/22/2012 @ 12:56 PM

Read more about the Panim el Panim experience through the eyes of the teen participants.

Today the Education Track had a visit from two female guest speakers who shared their opinions on the current government education policies and helped us form our own views on the issues we face as high school students. My eyes were opened to the problems in my high school and high schools around the country and it got me thinking about ways to reform the attitudes in classroom atmospheres, the introduction of information and the teacher-student relationship, and the No Child Left Behind program which has changed the modern classroom into an advanced-test-score producing machine.

Next we took a tour of a famous D.C. location of our choice. The Philadelphia delegation toured the American History Museum and learned a lot about the impact of entertainment on our country's history.

And finally, the most rewarding part of the day was venturing out to the Occupy D.C. park to perform what we call "Street Torah" which essentially ended in many conversations with the homeless who stay there whether by choice or by need. We provided them with simple necessities such as socks, gloves, deodorant, and tooth paste. Most of the people there at the time were still from the Occupy movement and were very eager to share their views with us.

Jessica Shapiro

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