Lieutenant Meyer Birnbaum zâ€l has been an important part of my daily sixth-grade curriculum for over a decade.
The first day of each new school year, I inform my talmidim that we will spend around ten minutes a day â€œlearning mussar.â€ There have been years when I heard at least one boy groan upon hearing this announcement.
Mussar? In sixth grade? Itâ€™s hard enough learning Gemara!