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October 2012


The beginning of a new school year is a good time to reflect on how we, as educators, can continue to sharpen [...]

The Beauty of Diversity and the Problem of Multiculturalism

“Are all cultures equal?” When I ask students this question, a sharp student will usually respond by asking, “What do you mean [...]

What Trips Up Our Leaders?

While preparing for a workshop last fall, I had the opportunity to talk to several leaders of both Christian and secular organizations; [...]

It Takes a Village to Raze a Child: An Educator’s Reflection on Lee Hirsch’s Film Bully

When I was eleven years old, my morning walks to the bus stop were filled with trepidation. Depending on her mood, my [...]

Chapel Planning and Leading: What We Are Learning from Christian Schools

In the unique setting of Christian schools, how do children and young people learn to worship? In what ways do they connect [...]

Educating in the Shadow of Marduk’s Temple: Encouragement for Christian Teachers from Genesis 1 and 2

Marduk was the chief deity of the Babylonian pantheon. Every aspect of ancient Near Eastern society was arranged around the temples of [...]

Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies

Every day we are surrounded by words. We hear them in music, view them in media, speak them to others in conversation, [...]

A Dangerous Teacher

Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes, The rest [...]

Sowing the Unknown

We will continue learning through living tonight and tomorrow and the day after, no matter what we do or where we go. [...]

Professional Learning Communities

On June 3, 2012, Al Boerema introduced the issue for discussion: It is becoming clear that the development of professional learning communities [...]

Giving 110 Percent and Other Lies, or Dreaming the Impossible Dream

Gord Winkle was nervous. When he got nervous, he tended to eat. Since he was quite spectacularly nervous, he was eating a [...]