Journey to Bethlehem

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The Bible is filled with stories of transgressions and a Creator who longs to give opportunities to restore what has gone wrong. As such, I believe that God has called me into my corner of the world to help restore the brokenness that we encounter daily in the lives of staff, students, and parents at […]

Restorative Discipline

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Prior to coming to Covenant College in 2004, my wife and I worked in a Christian school for twenty-three years. For the last twelve or thirteen years of my time there, I served as the upper school principal, and in that role I had many opportunities to see God’s grace at work, particularly in and […]

Restorative Justice: Faithful and Fair

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I am sure we can all remember playing “school” when we were younger. At a very young age, children act out what they think school looks like. Have you ever watched this happen? The kids find chairs, line them up, put their dolls into the chairs, and proceed to teach the students. I am sure […]

Becoming Communities of Grace

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What is it about the gospel that can bring a healing voice to what is called “discipline” in schools? Part of the DNA of Christian schools is the belief that the gospel provides alternative perspectives to the priorities of contemporary culture. These are explored in every area of the curriculum: math, science, literature, history, business, […]

Editorial

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Some years ago I came across an intriguing student/parent handbook from a Christian school. In addition to the regular and expected content about the school’s vision, its policies, communications procedures and the like, the handbook contained a multiple-page section on the school’s expectations for student behavior. What intrigued me about this section was the fact […]

Discipline to Discipleship: A New Path for School Discipline

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Discipline Defined The word “discipline” has suffered negative connotations over the last several years, especially in educational circles. When they hear the word, many immediately think of punishment, yet nothing could be farther from the truth. Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as both a noun and a verb. As a noun, it is “training to act […]