The new school year begins with a string of excited announcements concerning Race-to-the-Top Education Reforms. But almost everybody is pretty burned out on School Reforms. The only problem with School Reforms is that they don’t work. This according to a recent article in Newsweek Magazine, “Why School Reform Doesn’t Work.” This country now spends three times what they spent in the 1960’s for educating a child (adjusted for inflation), with no improvements. Whatever improvements are seen in the K-6 years are erased in the high school years. The conclusion to the article - "The larger cause of failure is almost unmentionable: shrunken student motivation. Students, after all, have to do the work."
Again and again, we are forced to return to the same problem – character. Since the character of the nation is in free fall, and the family has disintegrated, we are facing the inexorable decline of education (not to mention the economic vitality of the nation).
This is why I would expect home education to continue to grow at least at the rate we have seen since 2000. Recent numbers indicate homeschooling as doubled in size over ten years. If this happens over the next ten years, we should expect between 5,000,000 and 6,000,000 homeschoolers by the year 2020.
Until the 1970’s, evangelicalism separated faith and works and everybody lived in Faithtown, more or less. But many grew tired of living in Faithtown, especially since it appeared that living in Faithtown led to all of those “Carnal...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Today’s program deals with the sticky issue of Origins. As a leader in the Christian Home Education movement who has spent many a luncheon discussing this issue with those who disagree, I think this one may be the most controversial issue...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A couple of the boys from the Shepherd Center joined me on a service project down in Kiowa this morning. Several weeks ago, we posted a series of signs around the county announcing our volunteer force, available to help elderly, shut-ins,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The men from the Shepherd’s Center enjoyed a day of whitewater rafting in the beautiful Royal Gorge in Canon City, Colorado. For those who are interested in going rafting, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, or fishing in Colorado, we suggest...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The Generations ministry enjoyed working with the Christian Heritage conference in the Seattle area over the weekend. A record-breaking crowd of 2700+ filled the church building, tuning into keynote sessions from Ken Ham and Kevin Swanson.
It seems that church government likes to migrate towards centralized Episcopalian forms headed by popes, or decentralized fiefdoms headed by smaller popes (smaller hierarchies found in many Independent congregations or self-consciously...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
For those of you who missed the Family Economics Conference back in March or didn't get an opportunity to pick up the set of 10 DVDs, I wanted to share this full-length DVD with you, right here on my blog. This is the first talk in the set, and is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
If anything characterizes the last few remnants of faith in the west, it would be a search for authenticity. Nineteenth century Romanticism was just another attempt to escape reality, and post-modernism finally gave up on reality. Modernism in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]