You can hardly mention higher education today without hearing buzzwords such as innovation, change, reinvention, or transformation. There are more conferences on innovation in higher education than we can keep track of, much less attend, and more reports about innovation in teaching, research, business models, and technology than we can possibly read, much less implement!
Most people resist change; most organizations resist change; in fact, they say, "change is only welcome from a vending machine." The hardworking and deeply committed administrators and faculty of our colleges and universities are not unique in seeking ways to make progress while preserving the status quo. The status quo however is rapidly disintegrating.
Tuitions rise while the unemployment rate is at record highs for recent college graduates. Imagine over $1 trillion in student debt and then our graduates enter the worst job market in years! more >>
Scripture calls Christians to raise our children in a manner consistent with Godly principles. "Train up a child in the way he should go," Proverbs tells us, "And when he is old he will not depart from it." This is wise advice for parents, and it extends to all the ways we can support parents in their role, including and especially the education of our children – body, mind and soul.
God has endowed each child with dignity, value and unique gifts, which require an education that addresses the whole child. As Evangelicals, we of course focus first on a child's spiritual development, but I wonder if we've fully considered our role in supporting the development of a child's mind and body. In order for the next generation to share their gifts with the world – as leaders in ministry, commerce, art, and every sphere of life – they must have a solid education in which to grow their talents, to empower their potential. For this reason I'm standing shoulder to shoulder with other leaders in the Faith & Education Coalition, such as Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the NHCLC and Elder Bernice A. King of The King Center, to advocate for educational equity.
The intersection of faith and education offers a powerful nexus of support for our students. They need to see that their parents, pastors, and Sunday School teachers value education and the hard work required to learn. They need to see that we, along with their teachers, are setting expectations high, calling them to maximize the gifts and talents God has placed in each them. Our students need to hear that it is a matter of Christian stewardship to develop their intellect, to learn about the world around them and discover their unique role. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has said that the offended Muslim students from the University of Maryland who last week forced the school to cancel a screening of the film "American Sniper" can "leave America and go to a Muslim country."
"Can you believe that the University of Maryland canceled a screening of the movie American Sniper after Muslim students complained? This afternoon, I'm going to meet with wounded military veterans and their spouses who served this nation with honor — fighting to preserve our freedoms and many times shedding their own blood," Graham wrote on Facebook Friday.
"Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can't support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country." more >>
A school district in North Dakota has denied discriminating against students from two high schools attempting to form Students for Life chapters.
Fargo Public School District No. 1 released a statement earlier this month arguing against a demand from the legal group the Thomas More Society, which demanded Fargo Public Schools recognize two pro-life student groups at Davies High School and North High School.
In a statement emailed to The Christian Post, Fargo Public Schools denied any wrongdoing in not allowing the pro-life student groups. more >>
This filmmaker and graphic designer named John Koenig has come up with an idea that describes and defines words we have never heard of. Some of them are mind-blowing. In this episode, he uses a word that is very unique and will leave you speechless.
The name of the weekly YouTube series is "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows." In this special episode Koenig uses the word "zenosyne." It is a combination of the two Greek words "Zeno" and "Mnemosyne." Zeno is derived from "Zeno's Paradox," which explores how one can move from one location to another if he must use ever-shrinking steps. Mnemosyne means to personify ancient Greek methodology. He combines the two words into his newly invested word.
Koeinig asks the question "how can we live our lives while each passing year feels shorter than the year before?" more >>
An elementary school in Maine has garnered outrage from parents for reading to first graders a children's book featuring a transgendered character.
Horace Mitchell Primary School of Kittery Point became the subject of controversy after a guidance counselor read the book "I Am Jazz," in which the main character has "a girl's brain in a boy's body," to the children.
Last week, a concerned parent whose 7-year-old child is enrolled at Mitchell Primary helped the story make national headlines when she emailed conservative pundit Sean Hannity of Fox News, who posted the email online. more >>