I devote 90 ninety minutes every Thursday morning helping Israeli students improve their English. This Internet-based volunteer work is through a program called Israel Connect which was launched in Ottawa by Sarah Gordon. Israel Connect pairs volunteers with Israeli school children. I find that my interactions with the students aged 11 to 14 offers a window into Israeli society that is all too often unavailable to those of us living in North America.
There was a segment on Art Linkletter’s “House Party” TV show decades ago called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Linkletter would ask children questions like “What is the first thing a firefighter does when the alarm sounds? (He pulls up his pants)” or “What is the first thing you would do as president of the United States? (Keep my mouth shut).” The studio audience would roar and the children would revel in the attention. [Read more…]