Four of the seven Arkansas Christian homeschool children who were removed from their parents home in January will finally be returned to live full time on a 60-day trial basis after the family reached a mediated agreement with the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Tuesday.
The children's mother, Michelle Stanley, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the agreement will also allow for the three older children to return home on the weekends and to stay at home during their spring break, which is next week.
Stanley explained that the mediation hearing, which was only supposed to last three hours, lasted nine hours, as the lawyers spent much time discussing, without the family, the potential resolutions. more >>
Nearly sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in the pages of the Morehouse College student newspaper, "Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education." A young man at the time, King's words captured the purpose of a quality education: to develop understanding and strength of moral fiber, which together empowers young people toward unstoppable success.
It is true that over the past several decades, reform efforts have made significant strides in addressing academic inequality; graduation rates among minority and low-income students have steadily increased over the past 30 years. More and more women have important opportunity for education.
Yet, with this success overall, we too often lose sight of the full scope of King's description. Common Core State Standards can help. Too many young African American men are victims of high truancy rates and too many are dropping out of high school, altogether. Many of them who do graduate and enroll into college are not finishing their college education. If we are to help them to succeed, we must intervene with solutions that work. more >>
Though it's an article from the summer of 2013, Slate's "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You are a Bad Person" has picked up steam again. In this almost unbelievable article, Allison Benedikt – while admitting she's judgmental – says, "There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school."
Yes, bad people send their kids to private school.
Since her argument is premised on the assumption that taking your kids out of public school makes or keeps the public school bad, one can assume that Benedikt would equally call homeschoolers bad. Perhaps worse. more >>
Today marks nine years since I did something that profoundly changed my life. On March 16, 2006, as college students at Georgia Tech, Orit Sklar and I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against our school for free speech and religious liberty. It was a significant decision, but after much prayer, consideration, and counsel, our love of liberty and our love for Georgia Tech compelled us to take this stand so that every student's First Amendment rights would be respected.
Specifically, the goals of our suit – filed by Alliance Defending Freedom – were: 1) to hold GT accountable for selective enforcement of its speech codes, which resulted in mainstream conservative speech often being considered "hate speech" and "intolerant," while politically-charged, far-out-of-the-mainstream Leftist speech was considered part of the "intellectual diversity" purportedly valued by the Institute; 2) to challenge GT's unlawful discrimination against religious and political groups by refusing to fund them with the Student Activity Fee; and 3) to confront GT's endorsement of certain religious views and ridicule of others through the Institute-run "Safe Space" program. In other words, we wanted free speech for all students, we wanted equal rights for all organizations, and we wanted the Institute to abide by the U.S. Constitution by ceasing to promote certain religions over others.
Orit and I – along with other like-minded students – had endured literally years of censorship and condemnation of our actions and beliefs from Institute officials whenever our views were not in line with the extreme agenda they were desperately trying to promote in the name of tolerance. This was especially apparent when it came to matters of morality and sexuality; for example, on one occasion Institute officials forced us to take down a display confronting radical feminism, and another time administrators pressured us to participate in Coming Out Week, to name just two incidents from our litany of run-ins with campus authorities. more >>
Shane Vander Hart of Caffeinated Thoughts sat down for an executive interview with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana) in an exclusive interview with Caffeinated Thoughts said that he was just two months away from making a decision about 2016. He said the next president will need to be someone who will make big changes in DC and that he thinks it should be a governor. He said he has been praying about his decision, but on top of that he's been focused on what he would do if placed in that position so he's been busy working on policy statements through his non-profit America Next.
Jindal was comfortable and well versed in discussing a variety of topics. Education policy is quick becoming one of his wheelhouse issues as he has been front and center in the battle against Common Core. In Iowa, as Jindal arrived in the state, Common Core ads were being run touting the math and English language arts standards as "conservative." Jindal said he disagreed with that description, but it is a debate worth having. more >>
Former atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University, explores the infinite power of God's grace and the impact it has on Christians' lives in his new book, The Case for Grace.
A New York Times best-selling author, Strobel takes readers on a journey to reveal real-world examples of people who share how God's grace has transformed their lives.
Strobel, a former reporter for The Chicago Tribune, who later became a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, has penned similar books including, The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for Creator, all of which explore evidence for the various topics he's researching. He explains that his previous works laid the foundation for his latest book, The Case for Grace more >>