The provost of a Christian academic institution has written a book meant to help older college students get an introduction to the upper education experience.
Rick Ostrander, provost and chief academic officer at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., has recently published Reconsidering College: Christian Higher Education for Working Adults.
"More and more adults are seeking to develop themselves and improve their professional opportunities by completing a college degree. Whether business professionals, salespersons, nurses, parents, or persons engaged in any other profession, many working adults recognize the value of furthering their education," reads a press release in part. more >>
Students enrolled in one Central Michigan University course are studying zombies, and will be examining biblical texts as well as the apocalyptic themes found in popular books and movies.
The course, titled "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead,'" is being taught by philosophy and religion professor Kelly Murphy. Murphy is a fan of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," according to a press release, and has always wanted to teach an apocalyptic literature course.
"The prevalence of apocalyptic stories in various media gives us a window into what people are worrying about, what they hope for and how they imagine they would react in the face of a cataclysmic event," said Murphy. "In the same way, we can read the Book of Revelation or other ancient apocalyptic texts and learn what ancient Jewish and Christian groups were concerned about and what kind of world they hoped might exist." more >>
My parents taught me that education was one of the most important factors for my future. In fact, my father told me that he was giving me my inheritance early by paying my way to a fine institution like prestigious Williams College. And I have continued his legacy with my own daughters.
I have made no secret about my belief that educational opportunities are essential to help people lift themselves out of poverty. And there is no question that not all schools are created equal. For example, in 2011, Montgomery County Public Schools here in Maryland had a graduation rate of 85.7 percent. Detroit Public Schools, by comparison, graduated just 62 percent of their seniors. All of us know anecdotally that students from top performing public schools are taking AP classes, while students at failing public schools are sitting in chaotic classrooms where the teachers may have to spend more time on discipline issues than the lesson plan. Upon finishing high school, the former group is prepared to enter top colleges, while the latter may not even be prepared for an entry level job.
This disparity is one of the reasons that the new Common Core State Standards Initiative had many education reformers excited. According to its website, "The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers." more >>
Viewers of the Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate on Tuesday were left with the impression that Christians, or creationists in particular, all hold to a young earth view. The debate, however, ignored other Christian perspectives, most notably "old earth creationism" of the intelligent design movement – another Christian approach to faith and science.
"Young earth creationists believe that the world was created in six twenty-four hour days and that the earth is no more than 6,000 years old," explained Jay Richards, senior fellow at The Discovery Institute, in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday. By contrast, "Old earth creationists try to connect the days to long geological time periods." Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery, holds to this latter view.
In the debate, Ken Ham articulated his belief in the young earth view, and attacked Christians who hold to the old earth as inconsistent. He argued against the evidence of radiometric and astrological dating – where scientists study the decay of minerals and the distance of the stars to claim that the universe is at least millions of years old. "I claim there's only one infallible dating method – a witness who was there and who knows everything and who told us – that's the Word of God," Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, said. more >>
Kenny Thompson just wanted to do what was right by the students he helped serve at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Thompson is being called a "lunch angel" after paying off over 60 accounts that were overdue, leaving the children eating nothing but cold sandwiches instead of a hot, healthy lunch.
"It was the best money I ever spent," Thompson, who works as a tutor and mentor at the school, told Today.com. "It was the best gift I ever gave myself. I went into my car and screamed."
Thompson got the idea from learning of the Utah school that took away several children's lunches and threw them in the garbage simply because their parents had fallen behind on paying for the school lunch. He was shocked at what happened and wanted to learn if there was anything he could do, or if there was a problem within his own school that needed correcting. more >>
President of the Idaho campus of Mormon-owned Brigham Young University Kim B. Clark recently explained that "feelings of guilt are very useful" in the school's current "war" on pornography and masturbation made public in a viral YouTube video last December.
In the four-minute video Clark urged students to battle against pornography addiction because it leaves spiritual wounds.
"The temptations of the great war are many. The battles are real. And the strategies are clever. The enemy is cruel, ruthless and relentless. We must not underestimate the danger. We must be vigilant and valiant," warned Clark in the video. more >>