As we continue our series on how the Mennonites transformed a wasteland into a garden, we come to their 8th principle of development – Education. Unlike health care, which was a disaster because it was a second thought, education was at the forefront of their minds. Many of the colonies were
Students Need to Know Why They Know What They Know John Calvin. The name evokes images of esoteric theological discussions in medieval European churches. But did you know that Calvin helped his hometown (Geneva, Switzerland) smell better? And that wasn’t the casual result of some marginal avocation. No, Calvin regarded the olfactory to
Downtown Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia. Photo by henristosch, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, Wikipedia. A week before Christmas, the public schools of Augusta County were closed for a day because of possible “risk of harm to school officials” amid an angry backlash of parents over an assignment given to students at Riverheads
The human mind, bestowed by a Divine Creator, has developed remarkable technologies. How ironic that this rise of technical innovation could lead to the demise of the mind that invented the technologies in the first place! We have written elsewhere about Technologia, an educational concept birthed by the Puritans and
A mother is the first teacher of every exemplar and every scoundrel. Too often we leave our children’s education to television, video games, the state, or their peers. Too many parents have abdicated their responsibility, largely because they no longer have a God-ordained vision for the family and for education.
Mental Calculations in the school of S.Rachinsky, by Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky, Public Domain School vs. education? What does that mean? Have you ever heard anyone say, “Don’t let your children’s schooling get in the way of their education”? I heard Francis Schaeffer say that at L’ Abri Fellowship in Switzerland years ago. Actually,
Dualism, not atheism, may be the bigger threat to Christian students in the public school classroom. Many people seem to think that, while instruction based in any organized religion is unacceptable indoctrination, the precepts of materialist atheism (the worldview of choice in most public-school classrooms) are evenhanded, clinical, non-partisan facts.
Education in the West has suffered from the influence of atheism. The rise of atheism brought the death of absolute truth and morality in the West. Without an infinite and transcendent reference point, individuals became the center of the universe. Moral and metaphysical relativism form the framework for one’s life