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Most of my fourth-grade students come from economic poverty, and few have had experience with books and reading. One of the best parts of being a teacher is opening up their world to the great stories found in books. […] Read More

Teachers and schools are in charge of our most precious resource yet struggle for adequate financing. What if schools enjoyed pork-barrel largesse and the military depended on corporate charity? Talk about a reversal of fortunes. […] Read More

Even though everyone has the right to an education, we take literacy and education for granted in the U.S. In many Central American countries, however, literacy rates are low at approximately 75 percent. […] Read More

Dear Public Schools: You are a place where people who look different and think different and act different and believe different can come together every day to be together and learn together and learn to be together. […] Read More

I was challenged by a bishop some years ago regarding an article I’d written. We were talking in his office and the tone eventually got a little testy. “How can you write something like that?” he asked. “Because it’s true,” was my blunt reply. He already knew it was true, but now, realizing that, he […] Read More

My wife and I began rewatching the television show “Lost” about plane-crash survivors stranded on an island over the summer. When a few survivors hike to higher ground to call for help using the plane’s transceiver, they hear a French woman speaking on the radio and are overjoyed. Their hope fades when they realize it […] Read More

The announcement was broadcast at the end of the day over the school’s public address system. “Our Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 is … Mr. Barton. Congratulations!” I walked out into the third-grade hallway where students were lined up for dismissal. Little hands reached up and patted me on the shoulder. Small voices joined […] Read More

When I was a youngster, my home church called Jim Tucker as director of education and promotion.  Brother Tucker was a Christian educator. He directed all of our education programs, including Sunday school and Training Union, and was the lead person in outreach. (He also was the congregational music director since our choir director was a woman!) […] Read More

I have been thinking about Bill Wilson’s article on the word “just” since it appeared Oct. 31. In fact, the Rev. Bob Boston, retired Presbyterian minister and counselor, had already chastised me about saying, “I’m just a layman.” I understand that the phrase tends to create second-class citizenship for the laity. Using laypeople to teach […] Read More

Powerful Teaching

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on January 29, 2012. Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Mark 1:21-28 As a grad student at UVa, I studied under a lot of wonderful and powerful teachers.  Ironically, one of the most amazing teachers I met at UVa was a professor from whom I […] Read More