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Public Education

It will come as a surprise to many people to learn that there is currently a full-blown effort underway to privatize our nation’s public schools. Public schools are a cornerstone of our democracy, and fully 90 percent of us went to public schools. They are a part of life in the United States, so it […] Read More

Two contemporaries who represent significant landmarks in modern education passed away last week. This prompted some reflection on vision, determination and an effort to be on the right side of history. The first was Zell Miller – history teacher, lieutenant governor and governor of Georgia, who gained national prominence as a U.S. senator and presidential […] Read More

The moral foundation of public education is supported in Scripture in a number of important passages. In Genesis, God brings all the animals to the human to see what the human would call them. This labeling and naming enterprise is education, and in a very real sense, God is the first educator. In order to […] Read More

The Common Core State Standards guiding public education have received a lot of press in the last year, most of it negative. There has been a strong campaign to combat the misinformation about what exactly the standards are and how they will affect local school districts. However, there persists an attitude of resistance and defiance […] Read More

T.E.D., which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” that shares the ideas of some of the world’s most curious, inspiring thinkers and doers. Ron Finley is one of those thinkers and doers. According to his T.E.D. bio, he “plants vegetable gardens in South Central Los Angeles – […] Read More

In the Feb. 28 edition of The Wall Street Journal, filmmakers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett published an opinion column concerning the teaching of the Bible as history and literature in American public schools. The motivation behind their article is the premier of their 10-part miniseries on the Scriptures, appropriately titled “The Bible,” which began […] Read More

North Carolina’s new governor has raised the ire of educators in the state’s university system by suggesting that the only purpose of higher education worth funding is training that will lead directly to jobs. I suspect he’s not the only governor doing so these days. In a radio interview with conservative talk show host Bill Bennett – […] Read More

I often hear people say that the reason for our country’s moral decline is because we can’t read the Bible in the classrooms and because we took prayer out of the schools. Recently, former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee was asked about the shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 people dead, […] Read More

During my first year as a second-grade teacher, I struggled with classroom management. I am a soft-spoken person by nature and habit. I didn’t have the experience to help me set up great rules and procedures for my students. My classroom was noisy and chaotic. I think you could hear us all around the school. […] Read More

Bralyan loves bugs. I met him during the first week of school as I conducted the standard assessment of how many words he could read per minute from a second-grade story. After the assessment, I gave him the customary caterpillar sticker to put on his shirt to show everyone that he was going to emerge […] Read More