Below is a letter I received from a parent regarding his eight-year-old son Dovid, who was unjustly expelled from his school by the Menaheles.
Dear Rabbi Abenson,
Our son Dovid is now being homeschooled through a public/charter school.
This has been a heartbreaking situation. The Menaheles still said her school is unsafe for him, but would like to take him back. At this point, Dovid scored at the 6th-grade level in reading and comprehension for our state standards and has been placed in the honors program; this is unheard of for a 4th grader who was held back for so long.
Unfortunately, he was held back at the kindergarten level for three years at his previous school. This saddens me very much. As Jews, we can and should be doing better. We have gone through this in our minds, and learning with you is a highlight of his day and most definitely improved his English Kodesh skills. It is truly incredible. Thank you so much for your dedication to properly teaching our son! Just today, Dovid told his very secular class he would grow up as a Rabbi. This is a true blessing and with Hashem’s help, will continue.
Thank you again,
You can be sure that if the Menaheles wants to retrieve your son, she has realized the terrible mistake she made. It is you who has the upper hand. Work a schedule in the school. I can help with that. Also, your son will have a social life. Give it a shot.
Mr. Cohen’s reply:
Menaheles would probably take my son back to school, but this is something that my wife and I do not presently want. He is currently better off with the superior education he is receiving in all secular subjects. He doesn’t have to worry about being bullied (specifically by these out-of-control and self-entitled sons of “rebbes”). If he were to be back in Menaheles’ school, he would very likely be pegged — once again — as a kid who is incapable of learning because of his diagnosis.
Furthermore, it is clear that Menaheles isn’t willing to pay for your services. Desperate for the fact that her school needs your services ever so desperately. We are still determining what we will be doing in years to come. We may have no choice but to move to another community. I don’t know. He is doing very well right now. He is happy at home, bears no resentment, expresses his desire to become a great Rabbi one day, and has friendships with frum kids his age. You are teaching him well; I am learning Mishnayos and midrash with him, his older brother is helping him as well, and he davens Shacharis, Mincha and Maariv every single day. Although many would say it’s not ideal, my son is presently doing much better than he would in any local Jewish day school. Guess that’s all for now. I hope that adequately answers your question.
Thanks again for everything you have done and continue to do for my son.
I fully understand; as regards homeschooling, I had a talmid a few years ago who had been kicked out of five schools when he was 14 years old. He was homeschooled and finished a year ahead of his class. I was the only rebbe he had. BH kept inspired and ended up in Aish HaTorah finishing ששה סדרי משנה . He’s the first story in my force-coming sefer- book, “Can’t Read and Learn” (a Feldheim publication).
I wish you all the best
Mr. Cohen replied:
Note to my readers:
Her school isn’t safe for him, but she says she would like to take him back. What does she mean when she says the school isn’t safe for him? He is only eight years old. Does she mean he will be bullied at school? If she creates animals with her 400-plus students, then she’s incompetent and must resign or be fired. She has blood on her hands.
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