Bucheon, Korea, August 08 (Korea Bizwire) – If you’re a Jew, you will be quite surprised about South Korea’s enthusiasm about everything Jewish. South Koreans, aware of their small territory and its lack of natural resources, have always stressed the importance of human resources which is often stated as ‘the only resource we’ve got’ by Koreans. Thus pedagogical innovations, especially exotic learning ways coming from a country like Israel where brain power is greatly appreciated, have received a lot of positive responses in South Korea.
Recently ‘Havruta,’ traditional Jewish learning, has been employed not only in educational purposes but also for purpose of reviving conversational skills among smartphone-addicted children. Havruta can be described as learning in pairs, and it is the heart of pedagogical methods of traditional Jewish education. Havruta is all about continual queries and arguments between two persons. Some Korean parents are having a hard time keeping conversations with their children who are glued onto smartphones. They are trying to find ways to soften tense family mood by Havruta. Mr. Yang, a father to a 10-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son, is maintaining a healthy relationship with his children employing Havruta methods.
Jeon Sung-su, manager of the Havruta Education Research Institute of Korea, said it is hard to take away children’s smartphones, and it is even harder to talk them into conversations with parents. So it does not end with cutting the phone use right away. Parents need new approaches employing specific conversational skills to deal with smartphone addiction. The Havruta Education Research Institute of Korea will provide a seminar on these skills which can be found in Havruta. The seminar will take place for two days starting from August 9at Bucheon University. For more information, contact Havruta Education Research Institute of Korea at 070-8236-8232