education philosophy

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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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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Choice Opponent: "We want the best public schools!"

We all want our children to attend the best schools. But who defines what is best? Read More...
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How Real can it Be?

I just read a very good blog by an innovative school administrator. He titled it “School Must Be Real Life.” He said some good things about the need to link education with real life; learning bits of seemingly irrelevant data’ without context doesn’t go over very well for students. Good teachers help young people to understand the value of the “Magna Charta”, learning algebra, etc.by showing how these things fit into life.

In response I wrote: “
I like your thoughts! Learning must connect with meaningful things to motivate students. Our current public education system makes this very difficult. Not only do bureaucracy, regulations, and other ‘top-down’ authority make it hard to get off the beaten path, but laws supporting church/state separation. We connect with many common things in life, but issues of deeper meaning are largely off the table. We can link kids with the material world, but the world of beliefs, values and meaning (that more powerfully motivate) can only be discussed at a distance. I am publishing a book “Education Reform: Confronting the Secular Ideal” on this topic (out in about a month). I believe the best way to engage students in learning is to reformulate our public school systems to allow teachers and students to engage learning at a deeper level.”

Chris Lehmann’s idea is right on, but the context limits how far teachers can go. Lehmann is an education reformer, perhaps he will catch the vision of SACE!
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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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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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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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