2011

Election Issues

Current campaign speeches reflect many issues - and education sometimes makes the list! However I believe it more central than the time it is given. Here is why...

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Reaching a "Christian Culture"

Though an increasing number of families are homeschooling, Christian schools are struggling to maintain their numbers with an increasing share of children moving to secular Charter schools. Here are some thoughts on how Christians can expand interest in Christian schooling (and homeschooling).

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Weaknesses of Secular Education

When the state determines what children should know, the perspectives they should hold, the values they should embrace, and the character that undergirds their commitments, it is limiting if not dangerous to society!

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Reasons for the Seasons

Though I don’t miss cheesy plastic Creche’ sets, I still wonder why there is so little outcry from Christians at the failure of stores to provide meaningful seasonal ornaments. Perhaps, political correctness scares large stores, but this shouldn’t stop Christian entrepreneurs.

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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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Optimistic About the Arab Spring? Why?

Americans and other Westerners have a tendency to place hope in any uprising against totalitarian powers. But, why should we?

This first response of optimism is not really “Christian,” it is actually secular and reflects the ideals and presumptions of “modernity.”

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Philosophic Liberalism's Underming of Education

Liberal education philosophy continues to support secular schooling. However, I believe evidence for this support is weak or nonexistent. Children and society are benefitted when the wisdom of those who care for them shapes their school day.

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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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Do Christian Schools need Philosopher Kings?

Plato argued that the best kings would also be philosophers. Where most kings had the qualities to achieve their goals, the philosopher’s concern for truth and value make him the most able to choose good goals. Christian schools need these qualities, yet principals, like historic kings, often lack philosophic perspective. This post presents some suggestions to guide and motivate school leaders toward the philosophic strengthening of their schools.

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What Makes a Curriculum "Christian"?

Can a “secular” curriculum be Christian? How do we go about discerning the merits of a curriculum in light of the vision of our Christian schools? In this post I explore some of the tools of discernment we can use related to curriculum and present a direction to strengthen future curricula.

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Goal of Christian Education

Christian schools often look little different from their secular school counterparts. In this post, I propose an education model built around the great commandments to love God and our neighbors.

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In Search of the "Good Society"

Peace and prosperity are generally illusive goals for most societies. What are the supports of the “good society”? I argue that they are more indebted to the efforts and values of families than to the efforts of government. If so, what key implications does this have upon public policy?

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Labor Day Reflections

Labor unions must be recognized for their roles in society, part of which has been to point out the evil that has existed in society.

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The Next U.S. President and His Educational Agenda

What will the next president do regarding public education? Continue to standardize it under bureaurocratic control or allow it to diversify under parent discernment?

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Christian High Schools Strengthen Student Faith Commitments

Research shows that Christian schooling strengthens the faith commitments of young people.

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The Long Term Economic Solution

Our economic woes are rooted in our morally and philosophically shallow public education system. The way out is to revise our concept of public education to allow children to attend religious schools.

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California's SB48 (called F.A.I.R. Act) & Secular Ed.

Regarding California’s SB48: The “common” paradigm of public education leads to diverse (and often offensive) educational requirements. A “plural” education paradigm avoids offense and strengthens educational outcomes.

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