A Nice, Jewish Teacher: How American Elementary Education Became “Women’s Work”
Part of the series, “Six Days Shall You Labor”: Perspectives on Work in Jewish Text and Tradition
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Early 20th century elementary school teaching became synonymous with being female, and particularly in NYC, with being the right kind of Jewish young woman.
In this session, led by Dr. Shira D. Epstein, we will explore the sociocultural and historical forces that shaped this image of teachers, and how many of the discourses of what makes for an “effective teacher” have endured in Jewish settings.