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Schools are no longer a path to cultivation and a life of the mind; they are on a path of a job. Along the way, as schools became a training ground for corps of workers, they also became a means of furthering national interests. The debate about schools had become part of the debate about national power. Which brings us to the twenty-first century.
When George W. Bush announced No Child Left Behind (NCLB), his purported intention was to encourage a set of practices and institute a set of assessments that would ensure every child got the same good start at school. Implicit in that formulation was the now familiar premise that it was up to schools to close the income gap between the rich and the poor. In its most beneficent form, it could have made a powerful difference in the lives of many children. If NCLB had ensured that all kids would learn how to read and that no child would become disenchanted enough to drop out, it might have been wonderful. But that’s not how NCLB played out.
Within just a few years, teachers were rushing to make sure that each child got a higher score on the standardized tests than he or she had gotten the year before. School superintendents also felt compelled to see to it that their schools got higher scores every year. What had been promoted as a means of ensuring that all children received the fruits of our educational system became a relentless push toward improved test scores. With each year, more and more focus was on the scores themselves and less on the education the scores were intended to measure. At the national level, politicians threatened that if we didn’t educate everyone, once again our country might fall behind. The conversation was less about giving everyone access to reading, thoughtful engagement in civic life, or the pleasures of ideas, and much more about seeing to it that everyone could earn a decent wage.
Inner city kids are being given the chance to change their futures. Change For Kids is an organization that helps inner city children and schools get the funding they need to put kids on the right track for success. Colin Smith has been the Executive Director since 2009 and has helped Change For Kids flourish and grow. Louise Phillips Forbes is a Real Estate Broker and has been a loyal board member and chairwoman for Change For Kids for over two decades.
For more information about Change for Kids, visit their website: http://www.changeforkids.org/
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As most of us are transitioning into a new school year, the issue of peer pressure is sure to arise. How do you withstand the temptation to fit in? Is there a way to just "Do you" and still be accepted? Why can't we just be like "everybody" else and avoid social conflict altogether?
Join us as we discuss being different in our world today and what this means to the average teen. Invite others to listen in as well and share it with others. You are welcome!
Parents may at times feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of teaching their children about all there is to know about being a human being, no the less about being a Christian. There is teaching “about” and there is teaching “to blindly believe in; two different things.
When they seek guidance on the subject many just feel further swamped. Relatives and friends are often happy to pass on their suggestions, but is that the version of God you truly want to teach your children? When it comes directly from you the parent you’re more aware of your vocabulary and any innuendo being passed on.
The Bible, on the other hand, provides parents not only reliable counsel on what to teach their children but also direction on how to teach them.
Join us as we look at four Bible-based recommendations for parents to teach their children about God.
Part 1 of our featured series Teaching Kids: To ... Also join us for Part 2 "Teaching Kids: To Pray"
Galit Breen is a wife, mother of 3 beautiful children and a former educator who is now a writer on her blog, These Little Waves, and many media outlets. Galit’s first book, KINDNESS WINS, a simple, no-nonsense guide to teaching our kids how to be kind online, is published by Booktrope Publishing, and in my humble opinion, this book should be a staple in middle school classrooms across the country.
Join me for a candid mom talk with Galit as she shares some insight on what your children are doing online and how you can help them be warriors for virtual kindness!
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