The T-Word

I don’t know if this school was in Monsey or Lakewood or what, but I will say, it has always seemed to me that the Monsey bais Yaakovs try to out-narish the Brooklyn bais Yaakovs to prove they’re just as good. If I ever hear a truly horrifying bais Yaakov story, my first guess is that it happened outside of Brooklyn. This story from Kaylie isn’t in the “truly horrifying” category, but it does show what motivates some of these teachers… 

At the end of 11th grade we had to choose our extracurricular jobs. Yearbook editor was the only job that wouldn’t require me to get up and perform a song in front of the school, so that’s what I chose. I happen to like writing and editing, so that worked out well.

There was a lot of tension between the yearbook staff and the principals. They told us to rewrite the bios several times and threw out the drafts we had spent hours on after reading only three.

But the real tension came when we had to get our features approved. As an editor, I had to predict what my principals would censor and try to word things in a way that would seem “kosher,” but would still allow my class to understand the meaning of the jokes.

Our class had a mass text system and a lot of jokes originated from that. One of our features consisted of the highlights, our most memorable mass texts. My principal had moved that to the reject pile and it was my job to find out why.

I went to her and asked what the problem was. She said she didn’t want such blatant mentions of “technology” in our yearbook. I asked what the big deal was and she said, “The Brooklyn Bais Yaakovs wouldn’t have such a feature in their yearbook.”

We weren’t a Brooklyn Bais Yaakov. Not even close. But I knew it wasn’t worth the argument, so we scrapped that feature.

Story submitted by Kaylie.

The T-Word

2 thoughts on “The T-Word

  1. DF3 says:

    A blatant feature of “technology”? Heart transplants are viable because of “technology”. So is the GPS, and for that matter, the car. What she’s afraid of is use of computers and cell phones for things she finds unsavory. Get over it, lady. We’re not in 1955. If you don’t trust your students to use technology appropriately, it’s partially your fault, partially their parents fault, and only partially the students’ fault. They’re kids, and forcing them to live without communications because you don’t like it—there’s no halachic basis for banning smartphones or any technology, you just automatically think the worst of your students—is really *your* problem.

    If you believe your students aren’t trustworthy, you’re way too much of a micromanager, you ought to be a prison warden. From the sound of your behavior, you’re not too far off. Unlucky kids. I feel sorry for you. It seems like you were way too overcensored.


  2. girlpower says:

    Whole asifos, yom iyuns, and Shabbatons have been devoted to “The Dangers of Technology”.
    At a large asifa a Rabbi paskens that one may not sit near someone with a smartphone on a public bus.


    High tech videos show how technology is evil.

    Speakers arrive with modern transportation, and use an advanced tech microphone to bash technology.

    Flyers and ads are created using cutting edge design software screaming about how technology is another form of the Satan.

    Social media is used to help fundraise for the organizations that belong to the communities which loudly preach that technology is terrible and dangerous.

    And some of us are left on the sidelines looking at the mob, and wondering who kidnapped to the religion we knew and replaced it with hysteria and fear driven, irrational dogmas.


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