Monday, October 26, 2009
I found the following link from Shalom Berger on Lookjed, an online bulletin board for educators in Yeshiva day schools, to a Harvard lecture series called “Justice” that you might be interested in:
“For educators interested in watching the professor, Michael J. Sandel, "turn his oversize classroom into something resembling an intimate seminar" the entire semester of classes is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY&feature=SeriesPlayList&p=30C13C91CFFEFEA6.”
What I found intriguing about these lectures (I watched most of the first one) is how they are entirely based on “Wiki type” questions about big topics which might be relevant for a discussion of halakhic values in a Judaic Studies class, current events in a history class, or moral issues stemming from a piece of literature in an English class.
Here is a critique of this class from the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703298004574457170924031720.html.