Rejecting Rejection

I could hardly wait to sit down at my computer and compose a message of gratitude to Hamodia for the incredible, comprehensive, and multifaceted coverage of the plight of the yet-to-be-enrolled precious students in our communities. Thanks for taking on this controversial issue and for the well-rounded, candid coverage.

Aside from the incredible, and yes, even unbelievably broad information that you are sharing with your readers on this topic, I can only imagine what a colossal nechamah this must be to the parents and families of “lost” children, in the broadest sense of the word, lo aleinu. Because regardless of what the reason is for rejecting an applicant, and who shares in the blame of this most disturbing trend in schools and yeshivos, there is only one victim and by all accounts, it is always the child/student.

The consequences of rejection are harsh and painful and, in the end, sadly, the child/student pays a steep price and, too often, the ultimate price!

I have much to say on this subject from a personal perspective, but at this point I would prefer to keep this message benign. However, I do want to call attention to the broken selection process in our schools. The power that the enrollment committees wield is disturbing as they virtually decide a child’s fate by accepting or rejecting an applicant. The future of these students is in their hands! In some cases, this “committee” is a single individual, whom we all agree, unquestionably, has that “right” to pick and choose which applicant to admit. But in the process, and this can be endlessly argued, I am not sure whether they are keeping to their primary job and mission of doing what’s best for an applicant, or if there is another broader agenda or criteria that they need to satisfy.

Thank you, Hamodia for keeping this on the “front burner,” and please continue to “broadcast” the pain and anguish of parents of rejected applicants. Hopefully, b’ezras Hashem, this will result in more dialogue, greater clarity, positive change in the process and, ultimately, giving every child in our collective community a chance to shine.

MW, Brooklyn, N.Y.