It’s an old claim that faith and thinking are not compatible: that if you believe, you stop thinking, and that if you think, you stop believing. Yet, you still do both yourself—so why do people make this claim? More importantly, are thinking and believing incompatible or is it possible that they are actually interdependent? Let’s explore this together.
Christian classical educators believe that wisdom and virtue are the goals of education. How does the revelation that Christ is the Wisdom and Virtue of God guide our teaching and keep us from making the sorts of mistakes that harm or even destroy our children’s souls?
For over 20 years, a growing number of Christian home educators have adopted the classical approach to education. Should you? Have you? What is classical education? Why are Christians from so many backgrounds and educational philosophies embracing it?
Students are naturally curious. But as parents and teachers, we can often squash that curiosity simply by approaching teaching and learning in ways that are widely accepted in education circles. Sadly, that loss of curiosity often leads to a lack of enthusiasm for learning. In this fun and personal talk, Parnell gives three rules to spark imagination and discovery and get students excited about how the world works.
We have all seen it: highly-intelligent and capable individuals who just don’t seem to move forward in life. They struggle with communication, emotional outbursts, self-management, and relationships. What happened? In this workshop, we will discuss the direct correlation between emotional intelligence and success at home, at school and in the workplace. We will learn ways to develop emotional intelligence in our children and ways to identify and target areas of weakness. And we will tie it all back to Bible—where strategies for success are nothing new.
Multimedia access has changed the way students interact with their environment. With information at their fingertips and constant stimuli designed to grab their attention, today’s kids have a whole new set of challenges. By using strategies that are designed for how the brain works, you can engage these digital brains to see incredible results.
In this “Age of Tolerance,” Christians are in danger of forgetting what distinguishes the worldview of the believer from that of the unbeliever. Rather than allow the world to introduce moral matters to your children, discover how you can use the life and work of C. S. Lewis as a powerful tool to help your students gain a biblical perspective on those timeless philosophical questions which inevitably arise in the mind of any truth-seeker.
Home-schoolers are often labelled as conservative Christians, but this school choice is practiced by very diverse groups in the population. In addition to Christians, many other groups are home educators, including atheists, Muslims, scientists, single parents, and grandparents. African Americans, white Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and anyone wishing to try it out as an alternative form of private education are its base.
Being a home educator and working outside the home can be a challenge, because you have two jobs. If the home educator is also the working head of household, or working outside of the home in a “traditional” family, the challenges are exacerbated. Depending on the family and family support system in place, it can be done and still achieve goals of academic excellence and family cohesion.
Although homeschooling had been around for many years, it began to take off in the 1980’s. There were many different reasons:
- For some, public education was seen as failing and private school education was either too expensive or of undesirable quality.
- There were also unaccommodated special-needs children.
- Others felt their deep-set religious convictions were not being addressed.
Whatever the reason, in a large part of the country homeschooling was illegal, and home educators were being fined, threatened with loss of their children, and even arrested.