2012

What's in a Curriculum?

With all the pressures faced by Christian schools, too few grapple with the question of what a Christian school is all about. My local school has recently adopted the state’s educational guidelines as its own, is this good? What are some of the principles that can guide our development of curriculum?

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A New Christian School Model?

Christian school model much of what is found in secular schools, but how do we go about changing this? As beginners, I propose that we must make Christian schools accessible through new funding opportunities, strengthen the philosophic leadership of our schools, and build real community.

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Modern or Postmodern Christian School?

Many Christian schools claim to provide a “Christian” education, but what does this mean? Modernity divided life into sacred and secular realms; can we bring them together again?

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Community School?

Deeply shared beliefs, values, and goals provide the nuclei around which communities form. Secular common schools, because they intentionally avoid addressing these beliefs and values, are intrinsically hampered in their efforts to build community. However, why do our Christian schools merely model their community expectations from the secular? Should not Christian schools provide a model for the world?

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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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Faith in Public

Recently, a Christian was dismissed from Easter Michigan State University because she requested to not counsel a gay client. What does this case say about the presumed relevance of religion and how should the public respond?

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Teachers' Unions for School Choice?

Teachers unions generally oppose schools choice. Their power to shape public education decisions is widely opposed by the “Choice” movement, but can the opposition be made stronger. I believe it can in ways that will benefit both teachers and children!

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School Choice 101

January 22 – 28 is National School Choice Week. As of this writing, 364 events are planned across the nation to celebrate the successes and energize further advances of the School Choice movement. Below is an overview of School Choice that doesn’t “demonize the enemy.”


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