Category: Christian Education


Laptops in the Classroom


As a teacher with a classroom full of laptops, I had to read the article in my Twitter feed entitled--"Ban the Laptops, Yes."   This article by Mark Bauerlein cites a study that appeared in Education Next, under the title “Should Professors Ban Laptops?” which suggests that the implementation of classroom technologies, such...

Big Questions and Deep Questions


Here is the studio version of a speech I made at an educational event, Learning Revolution. Big Questions from Abbotsford Christian School on Vimeo. In this inspiring "RevIt Up" talk, Trent DeJong describes one way in which a Learning Revolution may come about if educators would consider "deep questions" with their...

Is Atheism a Religion?


I recently read an article in which the author insisted that public funds not go to support religious schools. The rhetoric in this article was very much in the "us" versus "them" vein. In essence, "their" views, that is those of the religious, are tainted with the irrational and divisive forces...

From Routine to Ritual: Classroom Attendance


So I was thinking of a routine I might turn into a ritual, as per my last post.  I figured I'd allow the brushing of teeth to remain a routine for now. Attendance!  In every class, I take attendance.  This routine is so routine, there's probably no one who doesn't...

Conversation with a Textbook


You won't believe what this textbook said. This is a conversation I had with a few pages of the new edition of  "Pathways," a Social Studies textbook used in grade 8 classes.  The section was called "Religion and Civilizations." Me: Since you are written for use in public schools, it...

Objections to Christian Education


My principal told me of a conversation that he had with a Christian minister who was strongly against Christian Education.  I asked him if he could send me a list of his objections so I could think about them.  And when I think about things, I write about them. 1....

Legalize Hit Men?


I was observing an English class at my school as they read the recent post by Betsy Childs entitled "Why We Should Legalize Murder for Hire."  Some were horrified at first at the suggestion that "hit men [could] provide a valuable service to society" by helping women deal with "unwanted...

Why Christian Education? (Part 2)


Read: Why Christian Education? (Part 1) Several years ago, my pastor at the time, and friend, and I had a long discussion regarding Christian Education. He felt that for Christian parents to send their children to a Christian school was dualist (in the sense that the things of Christ are...