A Seattle Pacific University professor told grieving students Thursday night that the shootings on campus, which left one student dead and two others injured, was not what God wanted for their school community.
"There's no explaining it," Frank Spina, a professor of biblical studies, told students at a impromptu prayer service on Thursday night. "'This is not God's plan. This is not God's will. This is not God's way of teaching us a lesson. Any lesson we could have learned out of this could have been learned otherwise."
Instead, Spina said, "It's a day to scream. It's a day to lament." more >>
Teaching American history to children presents a number of challenges. For any progressive student or observer of history, it is well known that the United States has had a mixed record in its treatment of Native Americans, African Americans, women and other groups, including some especially cruel treatment. How young is too young for children to start learning about this history?
I taught fifth grade for many years, and this was an issue that I had to grapple with, especially as fifth grade was the first time that students were introduced to American history. For myself and for students, I have found that we tend to regard the first information we learn about a particular subject as the baseline, and the way the brain works, all subsequent information is taken in by making connections to this original information and judged in light of it. Also, according to child psychologist Craig Thorsen of Eugene, OR, information learned earlier tends to be remembered better. Therefore, if a teacher is going to teach history to students for the first time, the information chosen for presentation to the students is crucial.
So what information should be taught? Should it be the traditional bland summary showing America as always in the right, led by truly admirable heroes who bring about change while leaving out any negative actions, which leads to disinterested, unquestioning citizens who allow government and other elites to do as they like? Or should it be a more balanced, honest approach - including actions by the US that aren't the most laudable and also including actions of common people banding together working for a better country? The purpose in teaching this latter way is to present kids with an honest account of our history so they can better understand circumstances today, which then guides them in making better-informed decisions that will hopefully lead to a brighter future. Another purpose is to show students that they actually have power to make positive change when they band together, thus encouraging them to become more active, vigilant citizens. If we want a better country with more equality and justice, this is where it starts. more >>
Oklahoma has opted to drop the Common Core education standards, joining South Carolina in rejecting the widely adopted education curriculum.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill last week that scrapped Common Core, while Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin did likewise Thursday.
A Missouri high school principal has gained national fame after a viral video posted online shows his clever and dedicated attempt to reference God during the commencement speech for his graduating class of students, ultimately telling his audience: "God is still important."
Principal Kevin Lowery made the speech late last month at the commencement ceremony for students graduating from Lebanon High School. The three minute speech, recently posted to YouTube, shows the graduating class erupting in thunderous applause after Lowery finishes his heartfelt address.
During the speech, the principal manages to sneak "God" into parts of the address, while trying to avoid a violation of Separation of Church and State. Lowery mentions that one can find the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency and in the original version of "The Star Spangled Banner." more >>
It was one of the most famous battles in military history, seen by many as a turning point in the costliest war in human history.
On Friday, veterans, survivors, and the nation at large came together to remember the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history.
Tens of thousands of American soldiers joined with troops from Allied nations like Great Britain and Canada to invade occupied France and liberate it from Nazi German control. more >>
An impressive seven of 10 homeschooled children from a Christian family in Montgomery, Alabama, which now boasts a doctor and New York City architect among them, all started college by the time they were 12; and now their parents have written a book about how they managed to pull off such staggering academic success.
The parents of the 10 children, Mona Lisa and Kip Harding, are described as high school sweethearts on a website dedicated to The Brainy Bunch Book.
"After four kids, they decided to turn to homeschooling, and their success paved the way for their children to start college by the age of 12, and go on to great careers in medicine, engineering, architecture and more," explaines the website. more >>