We received this anonymous comment from a reader…
I feel rather pessimistic every Elul. The current operating mode of Jewish religious schools is very painful to me and my children, and I despair for their future as frum yidden given the actions of the schools. (Unfortunately this is not limited to any individual school or stream but has become systemic.)
And there is no worse impact to my own yiddishkeit than watching those who are responsible for teaching my children and the next generation emes (truth) seriously injure, turn off, abuse, and fail to educate their students while abusing and acting power crazed upon the parents.
As this process restarts every Elul, with the schools in maximum abuse mode for the month prior to the start of school and the first month of school - and 5 of my 8 children not fitting the perfect average (too dumb, somewhat auditory in learning, too smart, too sensitive, too quick), every year I and a few of my children go through gehinom (hell) on earth built and operated by frum yidden in the name of chinuch.
It ruins my attitude until Succot.
Is this parent too harsh? Or a misguided parent who doesn’t operate well in the context of the environment?