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Nov 26, 2009

An historic evening in a haredi girls school

Last night was historic, as far as I know, unfortunately.

For the first time, that I am aware of, my daughters school had a parents teachers conference and invited the fathers to participate.

I say "unfortunately" because if they were already inviting me to come talk to the teachers, there was no way for me to get out of it! So I went.

Other mothers were surprised I was there, as I was the only father to show up. By the end of the evening another father had showed up.

It was an historic evening for fathers everywhere...

13 comments:

  1. Totally off topic here, but why is the word historic preceded by the work "an" and not "a" like every other word that starts with h? I thought an is only used when the next word starts with a vowel. An exciting evening, not a exciting evening. But you wouldn't say "An hilarious joke," so why do you say "An historic evening?"

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  2. wanna - I do not remember the rules, I just remember h is an exception to the vowel rule. I might have used it incorrectly though. I just thought it was supposed to be "an" and not "a"

    eliezer - Petachya Gan Safa

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  3. You're fine, Rafi. There are 2 sorts of "h"'s, aspirated, and non-aspirated(historic falls into the aspirated group, like the word, "herbs"). I think most of the aspirated ones came into English via Norman French. Anyway, that's why some words beginnning with "h" follow the rule for the indefinite article as if they started with a vowel.

    BTW, did you just see the article in Arutz-7 about the petition to stop the bidding on the "Gimmel" neighborhood in RBS, supposedly because the Housing Minister has designated it as an all-chareidi project(thought it was divvied into thirds)?

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  4. That is different to me because I can't imagine not going to conferences at my daughter's school.

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  5. I'm so glad that you went. Of course fathers should be included in discussions about their daughters' education!

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  6. I would prefer to not have to got the girls or the boys...but ya gotta do what ya gotta do....

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  7. Yehudit - the "h" in historic is not aspirated in American English, though it is aspirated in British English. As the use of "an" vs. "a" depends on actual correct pronunciation, and not how it is pronounced in other locations, "an" would be correct in the UK, while "a" is correct in the US.

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  8. My daughters are in 3 different charedi girls' schools in the UK and fathers are invited to the parents' evenings as a matter of course. Last night we had one and a large proportion of fathers were there. (of course, we are much more moderate about these things in England! :))

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  9. anon - and what about Israel???

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  10. Rafi, I don't get it. You could have always gone. So could any father. Hello? What's so historic? That you finally went?

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  11. that fathers were officially invited - for the first time. fathers are always disinvited to haredi girls schools asifat horims

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  12. There are always fathers at Magen Avos girls school asifat horim. I guess one could argue several points: is it really haredi? do the Anglo fathers realise that they're not really supposed to be there? many fathers act as interpretors for their wives and generally look rather sheepish throughout the entire experience.
    Just thought you should know!

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