Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

School-Choice-700x466-1January witnessed a massive shift in the balance of power both in this state and at the Federal level as Republicans gained control in both. One thing is certain; we will all be confronted with new ideas and change. One such topic that seems to be making both national and state headlines is education, and in particular, alternate forms of delivering and paying for that education.

Before I offer opinions on these school choice ideas, let me extend a word of gratitude to our current educators. I believe teachers are some of the greatest people in the world doing a massively important job. We owe so much of our lives and successes to great teachers who taught and inspired us along the way. Regardless of the institution (public, private, or homeschool), you will find many great teachers. Sure, there are bad apples in each, but by and large teachers care about the well-being and success of the children under their care. They are deserving of our thanks and praise! (more…)

blue collarHow many times have you heard someone say, “You need to go to college so you can get a good job and make good money.” I think there are all sorts of issues with this statement, but before I expound, let me share with you a problem I believe is continually getting worse – a lack of skilled trades labor. A 2013 article by Forbes magazine places a spotlight on this growing problem. Here is an excerpt.

“For the last three years, according to ManpowerGroup, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn’t been registered nurses or engineers or even web developers. It’s been the skilled trades – the welders, electricians, machinists, etc. that are so prevalent in manufacturing and construction. But if these skilled-trades workers are difficult to find now, as Manpower’s survey indicates, just wait a few years. The skills gap is likely to become more acute. If the skills shortage is debatable today,” economic development consultant Brian Kelsey wrote last year, “it likely won’t be at some point in the future.”[1] (more…)

educationBefore you read any further, please know this post is not meant to condemn Christian parents who send their kids to public school. Every family is facing different life circumstances, and I am not in a position to levy judgment against anyone. That being said, I strongly believe there are serious problems for Christians to consider regarding public schools. So while I am not in a position to judge your specific situation, I do think these concerns should not be shrugged off as some extreme and unreasonable position. They are legitimate concerns all Christian parents should consider and allow to shape their educational decisions. (more…)

EducationI am currently working on a project analyzing the worldview of naturalism and its effect on society and the Christian church. I plan to post a few blogs showing what naturalism is, and its current impact on different aspects of western culture.

OK, so what the heck is naturalism? Well, it does not mean that you love nature. Naturalism is basically the view that nature is all that exists. There is no god, no supernatural, and no immaterial realities. Imagine the universe as a box. Everything that exists, exists in the box, and nothing exists outside the box. The universe is basically a cause and effect machine comprised of matter and energy. In the words of Carl Sagan, “The universe is all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be.” Accompanying this view is the lack of objective morality, purpose, design, or end goal in the world. (more…)

Raising Risk-Takers

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Christians & Culture, Education

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“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life in a great cause.” – Theodore Roosevelt

My wife and I recently had a “discussion” about whether or not our 4-year-old son should wash the dirt off his hands before eating a granola bar. I was pushing for “no wash” in order to promote toughness, grossness, and any other adjective I thought appropriate for describing a young boy. My wife, on the other hand, concerned with the risks of worms and other illnesses, thought my cavalier approach was wrong and stupid (I think she used these exact words). Now she was probably right about this particular “discussion” and I probably should have dropped my case much sooner, but the broader issue in question is one I think worth fighting for – raising risk-takers. (more…)

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In response to the shooting at Sandy Hook, Christians have been quick to blame God’s absence in the public school system as the primary cause of the tragedy. “We need God back in the schools,” they say, “and this wouldn’t happen.” In part, I am sympathetic to this notion, for the rejection of God is the very source of evil, therefore where God is rejected, evil and vice will ensue. But I reject the notion that we need to put God back in the public schools. In fact, the statement is an oxymoron of sorts. Let me explain. (more…)