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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Little Late

The Jewish Week breaks this story a few years (decades?) late. The lede:
The Orthodox OT Boom
Lured by flexible hours and the nurturing impulse, growing numbers of observant women are pursuing careers in occupational therapy.
Um... yeah. It's true that the number of Orthodox women that go into the field of Occupational Therapy is proportionally large. But that's not exactly breaking news. I estimate that of the group of women who attended seminary with me, the percentage that went into the field of OT was somewhere between 20 and 25%. I remember my husband telling me, when we were dating, how he knew I was "different" from the other girls he had dated: "You weren't going into Occupational Therapy."

Great catch, guys.

17 Comments:

Anonymous SephardiLady said...

I believe that I am one of the few non-therapists, non-teachers, or non-special ed teachers that my husband dated.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I remember my husband telling me, when we were dating, how he knew I was "different" from the other girls he had dated: "You weren't going into Occupational Therapy.""

How pathetic. I wouldn't be so proud that that was OD's criteria.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous William Safire said...

"Fledgling columnists, eager to impress readers with their grasp of journalistic jargon, are drawn to such arcane spellings as 'lede.' Where they lede, do not follow.

10:57 PM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

Isn't SP the new OT?

11:35 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

Anon- what's with the nasty comment- are you an offended OT?

OM didn't say she was superior just "different." I also found the story quite funny, in the 90's it seemed like 1/2 of Stern College was going into that field!

12:03 AM  
Blogger Alter Bachur said...

I think Physical Therapy is pretty big now too. These fields will be completely flooded with frum girls soon.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous karen said...

I so agree with you, half my class at Stern studied OT, PT, Speech...

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Essie said...

Most of my friends are therapists, teachers or social workers. Thank goodness I chose a different (predominantly-male) field! It still hasn't gotten me married, but at least I stand out somewhat.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

When I was a first year counselor at Camp HASC, the camp doctor made an offhand comment during orientation that he's sure "a few of you (directed at the girls) are studying for OT, or PT." The room erupted in laughter. The number was probably closer to 90%.

At the time, I had no idea what was so funny.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous TherapistWannabe said...

It's NURSING now people! Get with the program! :) You're all really showing your age, talking about OT, PT, and Speech...

10:40 AM  
Blogger DovBear said...

PT is already flooded, so is OT and speech therapy. I don't know why those fields are so attractive to young frum women (STOP CALLING THEM GIRLS) but there it is.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pay is good, you can choose your work environment, and you can make your own hours. Plus, you're a professional. Ideal for frum women. I don't know if it's worth the tuition, time and effort, though.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

Hey Bill Safire, FYI?

(cut n' pasted from somewhere online)

In journalistic use, the "lead" is the first sentence or the first paragraph of a magazine or newspaper article. It can summarize the article, set the scene, or establish the mood of the story. The term is also used in broadcasting. For example, a "segue lead" is a transition to a related story, and a "quote lead" is a quotation.

The "lead" can also be the main or "lead(ing) article," usually appearing on the first page of a magazine, though letters to the editor and other features can precede it. In a newspaper, the "lead(ing) article" is often at the far right of page one, but each separate section can have its own main article. The "off-lead" is the second most prominent article, usually on the far left side. "Leader" (or "leder") is another term for the main article, a term used especially by The Wall Street Journal. In England, "leader" or "lead(ing) article" has a different meaning--it's a newspaper editorial.

The use of the word "lead" to mean 'the main article' is first recorded in 1927, though "lead-off" in the same sense dates from the end of the 19th century. The term "leading article" in the British sense of 'a newspaper editorial' dates from about 1807, and "leader" in this sense is first recorded in 1837. "Leader" in the sense 'the main article' is an entry in Berrey and Van Den Bark's American Thesaurus of Slang (1942).

The spelling "lede" was not invented by journalists. This spelling (and several other variants) was used for all meanings of the noun and verb up through the 1500s; the spelling "leade" or "lead" starts appearing at this time.

My comment: The "lede" in broadcasting is called a "slug."

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