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Dan Ross is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College.

Before entering rabbinical school, he worked for the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., and he served for two years as Teach For America corps member, teaching 7th grade social studies in Prince George’s County, MD.

While in TFA, he also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University.

Before that he studied history and the history of science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. While a student at Penn, he studied abroad in France, and he wrote articles on the ethics of clinical trials and the Jewish response to The Passion of the Christ for two undergraduate journals. He wrote his senior thesis in history, “Jew Like Me,” on a small Black synagogue in northern Philadelphia.

Entries by Dan Ross

Answering the Pew

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:03 PM

A year ago, on Oct. 1, 2013, the Pew Research Center released its infamous "Portrait of Jewish Americans." Since then, we Jews in America have done a great deal of thinking about the answers that our coreligionists gave to Pew's mixed multitude of questions: 22 percent percent of us identify...

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A Guilty Plea in the California Teacher Tenure Case

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 6:09 PM

If it please the Los Angeles County Superior Court, I would like to testify in the case of Vergara v. California: mea culpa.

I am guilty of false testimony. Last year, I wrote a blog post in which I compared the NEA to the NRA, arguing that...

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A Tale of Two N_As

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 10:31 PM

When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg likened his city's teachers union to the National Rifle Association on his radio show last month, the backlash was swift and rife with indignation. Michael Mulgrew, president of New York's United Federation of Teachers, and Randi Weingarten, president of the UFT's parent...

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The Sabanization of Public Schools: How to Fix Teachers' Job Descriptions

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:58 AM

When I saw that Alabama's Crimson Tide had rolled over Notre Dame's Fighting Irish in last week's BCS National Championship Game -- winning their third title in four years -- I remembered a feature by Andy Staples that I had read in Sports Illustrated last summer entitled "The...

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Education as Preventive Medicine: An Interview With Dr. Jay Feldstein

(7) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 12:58 PM

A single fruit symbolizes the nexus of two of our country's most important industries. Though the saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away," America's children are more than happy to plop a Granny Smith on a teacher's desk as a token of gratitude. How easily could we...

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Letter From a Young Jew

(32) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:20 PM

Dear Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson,

I am writing you today to express the great frustration that overcame me as I read your op-ed in last Monday's Wall Street Journal. In your piece, you outline the various reasons why you chose to leave the Democratic Party, or, as you...

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It's Not the Economy, Stupid...

(11) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 6:19 PM

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the economy is the single most important issue in this year's election. The polls show it, the pundits repeat it, and people believe it.

And they are spectacularly wrong.

While most voters will say that the economy was their...

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Fight the ID: Make Voting Mandatory

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 6:42 PM

So far during this campaign season, our country's collective ID has reigned. Our baser instincts have imprisoned us in an undignified national dialogue -- covering topics from "legitimate rape" to threats of civil war to murderous private equity firms -- that has been...

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What If Michael Phelps Weren't American?

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:20 AM

With so many great story lines coming out of the 2012 Olympics, from Gabby Gold to Missy Magic, perhaps the most fun Olympic sport of them all was the race to tweet something witty and tag it to #NBCfail. But I would like to propose another hashtag that I believe...

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Make Me Superintendent of Prince George's County Public Schools

(13) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 9:53 AM

To the Prince George's County Board of Education:

Now that your superintendent Dr. William Hite has elected to take the head job up in my hometown, it is with grand ambition and humble clarity that I announce my candidacy to lead your fair school district. I feel that...

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America's Real Birthday: A New Convention for Constitution Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:31 PM

A republic, if you can keep it.


-Benjamin Franklin

This week, we will celebrate the 236th anniversary of our nation's independence from Great Britain. But through all of the smoke from the BBQs, the fireworks and Fox News, we will forget a curious fact: the Fourth of July...

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Ten Commandments for Education Reform

(38) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 10:32 AM

Last weekend, the Jewish people marked the anniversary of the first uttering of perhaps the most famous words in human history. We celebrated Shavuot, the festival commemorating the giving of the Torah at Sinai, and of course, the proclamation of the Ten Commandments.

Whether the separation of...

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The Trouble With Differentiating Differentiation

(10) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:41 AM

It's that time of year again, those two weeks in May during which high school students around the nation are sitting their Advanced Placement exams. And this year we mark the 30th anniversary of the most celebrated AP class of all time: in 1982 a triumphant 14 of Jaime Escalante's...

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Our Very Own Hunger Games: How to Fix Standardized Assessments

(10) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 9:47 AM

Every so often, a book comes along that reminds us that kids still love to read. Some are about wizards, others about vampires. And a few are even about post-apocalyptic civilizations infatuated with watching their youth murder each other in an annual televised national ritual.

Of course this last premise...

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A Charter School Prayer for the New Year

(6) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 12:33 PM

'Tis the end of the season in which the lines between church and state in public education are at their most merrily blurred. This past week, in schools across the country, students and teachers are returning to hallways that, over winter break, have fought back against the Christmahanukwanzaa decorations that...

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Send Them a Bouquet of Pencils

(12) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:16 PM

When I stepped out into the crispness of the first 40 degree morning of the season last week, I immediately thought of Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail: "Don't you love... the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened...

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Lost Generations: The Importance of School Administrators

(7) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Not tho' the soldier knew

Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die...

-Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Charge of the Light Brigade"

It's no longer quiet on the education front. As reformers...

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Mediocracy: How to Fix our School System's I's

(74) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 10:38 PM

One letter separates democracy from mediocracy: I. Our greatest leaders remind us of this from time to time. They have phrased this notion simply and eloquently: "Ask not what your country can do for you," "Yes we can," "Let us strive on to finish the work that we are in."...

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An Army of Nation Builders: How National Conscription Can Save Public Education

(37) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:32 PM

You're a teacher and you get into a cab in America. There are two possibilities. The first, your driver is a local. He starts the small talk: "What do you do for a living?" You say you're a teacher. He starts gushing: "God bless you! You must have the patience...

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