2015

Is Choice Magical?

Soon after my book, Education Reform: Confronting the Secular Ideal, was released, John E. Coons, one of the earliest, most recognized, and most respected scholars associated with the school choice movement, reviewed my book. Though complimentary, he had one serious misgiving. Here is what he said and where he was wrong. Read More...
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Praise for Public Education

The Center for Public Education credits our public schools with success of America. I'm not so certain!… Read More...
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"Sorry, but No!"

The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) just reported the opinion of Obama's upcoming new acting Secretary of Education. John King, Jr. just doesn't think private schools are very important to the public! Read More...
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Pope: "Disease of Fundamentalism"

"Pope Francis said fundamentalism is ‘a disease of all religions’, including the Roman Catholic Church, as he returned from a three-nation tour of Africa in which he preached reconciliation and hope.” Is this true?

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Religious vs. Secular

Searching the web for discussions defining the difference between Religious and Secular beliefs, I found many crazy comments. One (the "Best Answer" of the discussion) simply stated that religious beliefs were based on efforts to please God or to avoid sin. Whereas secular beliefs were based on rational human experiences. This demanded my reply! Read More...
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Are Public Schools Religious?

While I was responding to a post on Diane Ravitch's blog, another commenter suggested that public money should never support religious schools and that I should stick with the idea of privately funded religious schools. My response? I suggested that public schools are religious. Here's how it goes: Read More...
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The Bedrock of Moral Integrity

An AFP article notes that during her husband's inauguration as Nigeria's president, the new First Lady wore what appeared to be a $50,000 Cartier wrist watch. This may not have stirred the attention it has received except that the country is impoverished, graft is rampant, and her husband ran on a platform to raise the integrity of public officials. While the people of Nigeria work this through, it serves as a reminder that Christian schools play and important role in supporting the morality of Christians and citizens - no small concern… 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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The Personal Side of Education

Today, Ravitch commented on the writings of Ellen Booth Church, an educator, renowned children's book author (the I Spy series, etc.) who recently wrote, "All learning is social-emotional learning. Children do not learn skills in isolation but through social connection and interconnection to the real world—their world." I agree! We are dealing with "people" and not just "brains." Thus, who should do better at running socially and emotionally healthy classrooms? The Church and other private parties or the government? 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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Trust Parents or the Education Elite?

Education blogger Peter Greene recently criticized Nevada's school voucher plan as a "race to the bottom of the barrel for public education." What he had to say rang true with Diane Ravitche because most of her blog post was either a quote and an endorsement of what he said. I will continue the discussion by saying they are both wrong! Their perspective doesn't seem to be able to get far from their own monolithic thinking about the best schools for ALL children and the selfish character of those who think differently. Here is my response… Read More...
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Ravitch Slams School Leaders' Motives

Today, education leader, Diane Ravitch slammed the leaders of an Arizona private school by calling them "Crony Capitalists" for converting their school to a Charter School. Much more lies behind situations of this sort and it rarely deserves the slam she gives it. Here is her post… and my response follows… Read More...
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How We Lost It

Here's my "nutshell" version of how Christian's lost broad cultural authority… Read More...
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Is the End Here?

At the turn of the millennium, the world was looking like a pretty safe place… but that has all changed. The Cold-War uncertainties that advanced with the communist threat are reproduced now under a threat by fundamentalist Islamics. Just as the '70s made culture ripe to look for the soon return of Christ, so we do now. How do we deal with our anticipation of the End while making long term plans in case the End is a long time coming?
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Prejudice isn't All!

The net has been hot with comments about the white private school founder and principal who lost her cool when she closed the graduation ceremony before the Valedictorian gave the final address. Perhaps the short story should stand as it is… but hopefully, the story will continue with reflection upon the forces that pushed the principal over her "brink." Read More...
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Religion: Good for You?

Ever have students ask what the benefits of being religious are? Or do you need a good “scientific” response for your atheist friend who believes religion is a blight on the world?  Here is one answer given at a Baylor conference presented by the Institute for the Study of Religion (ISR)
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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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Special Needs and Schooling

My family has two children with diagnosed needs that drastically effect their schooling. Here, I give a brief overview of our struggle, some of what I have learned through it, and my view of the beginnings of a solution. Read More...
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Home Schooling Rising

According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHRI), it is estimated that over 2 million children are not home schooled in America. That is about double the number of children homeschooled in 2000. To put that in perspective, public schools currently enroll a total of about 50 million children. Thus, the growing homeschool population now educates 4% as many children (free to the public!) as does the public education system with its 2010 average per pupil costs to taxpayers of $13,692 (more than double the inflation adjusted cost in 1975)… Read More...
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Too Much Religion?

Religious schools are often feared for promoting "too much religion." But is that a bad thing? Read More...
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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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Social Conflict and Religious Schooling

Though many like religious schools, they may be sources of public conflict that are best kept to a minimum… If so, am I promoting the wrong thing? Read More...
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Why all the Philosophy?

Why so much philosophic discussion from a site associated with schooling? Where is the normal stuff on curriculum, etc. Read More...
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Reason or Trust?

We all want to be reasonable, but is this a realistic goal? I argue that trust is an equal (if underrated) social value. Read More...
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The End is Near!?

National moral decline and international upheaval lead many to anticipate Christ's soon return. But will we be found going about our Father's business? Are we even training our children to be about His business? 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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Is there a Common Core?

I oppose Common Core outright, and here is why… 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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Poll: Over 2/3 Support School Choice

A new survey has been conducted by some democratic pollsters hired by the American Federation for Children. It finds that over 2/3 of American adults support some form of school choice… Even a majority of teachers! A report about the poll can be found Here.

A video press release can be found Here. Note the speaker makes a mistake referring to 2006 toward the beginning. This poll was just completed in 2015.
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Outlaw "Contempt of Religions"?

Muslim scholars are petitioning the UN to outlaw “contempt of religion.” Does this further the American ideals of liberty of conscience, religious freedoms, and human rights? I ague: NO. Read More...
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Education isn't Just for Kids

Christian education is not just a concern for those with children, it should be a concern for those of all ages. Read More...
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