Character / Civic Education

Good and Angry

I go through life analyzing situations to understand the good and the bad of things. With the bad, my first (and often my driving response) is anger… Is this good? Last night I reflected on the actions of an unjust principal… Read More...
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What Does One Say About "Charter Greed"?

Education bloggers spend a lot of their time pointing out the failures and tearing down the Charter School movement. Apparently, they don't find it difficult to find condemning data. Today, Ravitch culled comments from Sharon Higgins that seems to show profligate greed among some Charter School corporate leaders. I won't defend these cases, but neither do I believe they are strong incentives for the government to run all our schools. If anything, these comments point to the deeper moral issues of schooling. Read More...
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Education Models and the Public Good

Dr. Diane Ravitch wrote today that people already have "school choice" because they can go to any school they want to if they pay for it. I agree (to some degree!). She goes on to argue that public money should be reserved for the "public schools" because they support the public good. Here is where I differ… Read More...
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Solutions for Baltimore's Rioting Students?

Apparently there was a firestorm when Jeanne Allen, the senior fellow and president emeritus of the Center For Education Reform, tweeted, "Baltimore riots and community dysfunction remind us that we must fix school and make #edreform a reality 4 all. #Charterschools save cities." She was quick overwhelmed with responses - most from angry traditional public school teachers. Here are a couple of responses I posted to an article about the turmoil…
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Tolerance and Religious Schooling

ISIS presents one of the worst examples of tolerance. What does this say about its god? Read More...
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Owning Unity

Ownership implies the right to control something. Can unity be owned? Read More...
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Prison Dilemma and Education

The US imprisons a greater percentage of its population than any other country. Prison reform is discussed in today's news, but it is a frequent topic at other times. Why is it that we blame police and court injustice rather than our nations education system?
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Freedom and Disagrement in the Church

What is the role of "Spiritual Authority" in the Church and how do we teach our children to respond to it? Read More...
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Morality's Dual Connections

Morality is closely linked with religious perspectives. So how should a “secular government” relate to morality when it is meant to be separate from religious perspectives? Read More...
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God and Guns

God is for gun control that begins in the individual! He wants to change hearts and minds so that people would not even enjoy games associated with murder. Read More...
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Accountability and Authority

Just as a poor history teacher can make a child hate history, Christian school personnel can harden the hearts of their students to God. Christian school authority carries with it many responsibilities beyond the subject matter. We can learn from the responsibilities of parenting.

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Discernment: A Rare Commodity

As churches and individual citizens, we often choose our own leaders. But why do we so often choose poor leaders? I propose that we too easily look at false “images” of spirituality and leadership that not only poorly assess leaders, but undermine our own view of the gifts God has given us.

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Poverty and Religion

What does the “Occupy Wallstreet” movement have in common with anti-poverty movements around the world? They both tend to blame much that is intrinsic to Western culture for their woes. Though the economic and cultural model of the West only poorly reflects the goodness, wisdom, and compassion of God, it is a start in the right direction and not to be rejected.

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Is Your School Part of the Body?

Independence and lightly given judgement are symptomatic of an unhealthy body. Christian schools, as part of the Body of Christ, must demonstrate love and concern for other Christian schools.

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Character Mediates Liberty

We all want liberty... as long as society seems to be under control. When crime and corruption abound, we cry for government to exercise more power. You see, personal liberty and governmental control are the two sides of a balance scale...

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