A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: A Reading Lesson

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“We will do anything to keep the wolves of insignificance from our door.” —Saul Bellow His name was Charlie. He was a fighter. He liked it, and he was good at it. But he never contended for a championship, unless you count the time he decked the reigning seventh-grade toughie, just outside of Mr. Clarke’s […]

Teaching to Justice, Citizenship, and Civic Virtue

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I have benefitted from the writing and teaching Calvin education professor emerita Gloria Stronks for many years. She has written a number of books that have helped articulate what those of us involved in Christian education have been doing and ought to be doing. Her book A Vision with a Task, written with Doug Blomberg […]

The Cross and Gendercide

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The good news of the gospel is never more jarring than when put alongside the raw facts of human suffering, yet that is precisely the place where it has the most to say. It is in this place of tension that Christian educators stand when facing students—somewhere between the cross and the unavoidable brokenness of […]

Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Education

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Newman, Barbara J. Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Learning Center, 2013.  This book, published by Christian Learning Center, provides exactly what its title implies—practical guidelines and suggestions for implementing inclusive education in the Christian school. This book would be a great resource for Christian schools that are just entering the […]

Death Before the Fall

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Ronald Osborne begins the book with a vivid account of his experience growing up as a child of missionary parents in Zimbabwe. He recalls family excursions by car into a wilderness, and coming upon a pride of lions that had just killed a Cape buffalo. Osborne never forgot the scene of “beautiful carnage,” which typifies […]

Leaders of Their Own Learning

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Entering the grade 5/6 classroom in New Covenant School in Arlington, Massachusetts, you need to look very closely to spot the teacher. Actually, you may find yourself wondering if the students even require their teacher. The desks are arranged in a circle, a student is at the whiteboard scripting student responses to student questions, while […]

Future Wise

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Future Wise

It’s a decision that is made every day, every hour, and every minute teachers are in the classroom as they answer the question, “What’s worth learning?” Teachers are constantly making value judgments and setting priorities as they engage a universe of information and knowledge, focusing on what they believe is most important for students in […]

Deepening the Colors

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Deepening the Colors

When I was a child, I loved the sight of the flax field in bloom, and wondered how the soft blue of the flowers could be only slightly different from the soft blue of the sky. I loved the softness of all of the colors of my Minnesota prairie. In spite of waiting in our […]