The School House Rock

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Some of you may have the wrong impression. First you’ll notice there are no bold primary colors or catchy tunes in this article. Second, while I may sound like an old puppet in the balcony, this is not about conjunctions’ functions at any junction, nor is this article sponsored by a consonant. However, I do […]

Guidelines for Respecting Diversity

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These guidelines have emerged as a result of conversations in the Unity Christian School community on how to grapple with the issue of diversity. They are a work in progress and not a finished policy. They are designed to provide a framework for the discussion of a very important and difficult issue. These guidelines are […]

A Theology of Ethnic Diversity: God’s Mosaic

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There’s a lot of talk about diversity in the academic arena, in public policy, and in the marketplace. Why should Christian educators be thinking about this? The key reason is the nature of God and his creation. I believe the primary motive that drives the church to embrace ethnic diversity should be the conviction that […]

Race Relations in an Evangelical and a Catholic High School

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Race Relations in an Evangelical and a Catholic High School

  One of the most frequent charges brought against faith-based schools is that they are divisive to society and foster intolerance. Such claims are made despite a growing body of research evidence to the contrary—evidence that has been available for decades. In the past twenty years, several highly regarded studies have noted that private schools, […]

Social Networking and the Spirits of the Age

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Social Networking and the Spirits of the Age

Social media such as Facebook are formative in the lives of many North American teens. There is no end in sight to the popularity of this type of Internet-based social interaction. Christian school teachers, who we hope are also play a formative role in the lives of students in their teens, should understand how Facebook, […]

Alone Together

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Alone Together

  Sherry Turkle, The Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and the Self, has devoted her life’s work to studying the effects of technology on human relationships. When Turkle spoke at Calvin College’s January series, a colleague […]

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

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Every day we are surrounded by words. We hear them in music, view them in media, speak them to others in conversation, reflect on them for meaning, and are guided by them in scripture and through prayer. Words provide identity, give direction, inspire and correct us, provoke an awakening of conscience, and inform wisdom. But […]