Posted on September 9, 2011
Mark S. Young’s article titled, “From Informal to Experiential: New Approaches to Graduate Studies in Jewish Education Leadership,” explores the idea that “informal” education is misperceived sometimes as “not real” when in fact it has real value! Young discusses his positive Song Leader position at camp and how he never realized that all along what he wanted to go into was education. “Dr. Steven M. Cohen’s ‘Camp Works’ study released this year demonstrate[s] that Jewish camp, Israel trips, and youth groups increase the engagement of participants in Jewish life, strengthening their Jewish identity in adulthood.” Informal settings lead to great education which can be acquire both within and without a classroom.