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Does anyone know of any Jewish Books on Education, preferably in English? I'm looking for something that gives insight into how to properly teach children and to communicate values so that they stick.

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Answerers: As always for these types of questions, posts that list books without explaining how those books address this asker's needs will most likely be deleted. – msh210 Jun 9 '14 at 21:22

My suggestions are: Planting & Building in Education: Raising a Jewish Child Hardcover by Shlomo Wolbe

extract from the Amazon blurb,

“The author is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of our time. This book presents basic guidelines for parenting and education. The wisdom fills a great need for our generation and Rabbi Wolbe's vital teachings should be read and re-read by every Jewish parent and educator.


To Kindle a Soul: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents and Teachers Hardcover by Lawrence Kelemen (Rabbi Kelemen is a student of Rav Wolbe z"l)

extract from the Amazon blurb,

“the Torah's eternal wisdom that is proving itself the most effective, most humane, and most sensible way of teaching our children. Rabbi Kelemen, sets out a wonderfully practical Torah-based model for raising ethical, moral, and well-adjusted children, backing up his insights with over 400 scientific studies. This book is must reading for kiruv professionals and for parents, both observant and non-observant alike.

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Is there a difference between the two since they are based off of the same teachings? – Bochur613 Jun 8 '14 at 17:39
I've not read Rabbi Kelemen's book: I know and admire the man. But it is apparently backed up by scientific studies. Rav Wolbe's book doesn't do that. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jun 8 '14 at 17:46
My Rebbe recommended R' Wolbe's book to me, but I didn't put it as an answer because I haven't read it and therefore don't know if it addresses your interests. – yEz Jun 9 '14 at 2:37

I am reading a book called The Joy of Educating Children. It is taken from writings of R' Hirsch. So far, it is what it claims to be - A practical guide for Jewish parents. I haven't finished it, and even when I have I won't be able to tell you if it worked or not for a few decades, but so far I'd recommend it.

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Do you believe it addresses what I wrote in the question? – Bochur613 Jun 8 '14 at 3:37
@Bochur613 Sir yes sir. I also assumed that when you said teach, that wen't along with the values part, not teaching them Torah. – yEz Jun 8 '14 at 3:37
Although it is about other things also. Like creating positive children, and being close with your children. – yEz Jun 8 '14 at 3:40

I recommend Partners with Hashem, written by a Jewish therapist. It goes through several scenarios that are very practical, although as with all books from therapists, it dwells on the kind of extreme situations that end up in therapy.

For a more traditional source, you could try The Principles of Education and Guidance by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe.

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