Dickens on the Super Bowl

Today is the birthday of the literary showman, Charles Dickens. He was one of the first authors to add performance to his writing . . . Dickens would perform his own work to riotous applause and profit. If he lived during the Super Bowl, he would have found a way to be part of the [Read More...]

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How to Spot Online Educational McCollege

Much online education is the equivalent of a restaurant that serves food that may not kill you, but isn’t good for you. Let me explain. Education is a human activity and the heart of education is the relationship between the teacher and the student. Socrates and Glaucon, Jesus and John: history is made, in part, [Read More...]

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God help us, but we must say, “Yes!”

If a gunman invades my workplace and asks the Christians to stand, then I hope I would stand. I am not so arrogant to know what I would do, but God helping me, I would have to stand. I don’t wish to die yet, but there are some things worse than death. Better dead than [Read More...]

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The Way School Should Be: Joyful

Charles Dickens was no saint, but he knew what a saint looked like. In his great novel Hard Times he described the school of the future .  . and the future looked grim. There facts replaced passion and imagination was forbidden. The Gradgrind teacher was a name dropper, had credentials, but viewed each student as [Read More...]

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Change the School, not Sam Houston

Photography was still new and mysterious when this picture of Sam Houston was taken. Men would make a living claiming that they could show the spirits of the dead captured on the plates. Sam Houston, already a legend, looks as if he is daring any spirit to make an appearance. Brave soldier, congressman, governor, general, [Read More...]

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Speed of Discussion

Speed kills cultures. At the speed of mules, Medieval people learned to discuss, debate, and decide. A certain amount of thoughfulness was possible in the lag time of copying a scroll. Burn a few copies of an intemperate letter and it was gone. At the speed of printing presses, Christians discussed with Medieval rules and [Read More...]

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Mentoring: How Small Schools Can Be Better than Big Ones

Faculty matter. Other issues matter, but nothing counts more than faculty if we are discussing the quality of education at small schools. How can a small Bible college, liberal arts college, or university compete? The big players can match any innovation we try, but in a recent lecture, I suggested that small schools have an advantage [Read More...]

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Beware Becoming the Music Man: Reflections on a Weekend Reading Ion

We don’t have to be told that there is trouble in the United States: we have to educate our young adults. We know there is trouble, terrible, terrible trouble. But there is also good in the decay: You cannot sell HBU students, but you can educate them. You cannot con them for long, but you [Read More...]

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Jesus, Educator: A Higher Education, Part (IV/IV)

I have been told by marketing friends that in the United States only Abraham Lincoln is better liked than Jesus. Given Lincoln’s wonderful heritage to this nation, the popularity of Father Abraham makes sense. Jesus is, of course, to most Americans the Son of God, Savior, and the central figure in their religious beliefs. Yet [Read More...]

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On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Higher Education (III/IV)

If you do not know Jesus, you will not go to Heaven when you die, you will go to Hell and that is a place most to be avoided. Imagine living in Newark, New Jersey without the charm while stuck in conversation with Vlad Putin without the wit. . . for eternity. Jesus came to [Read More...]

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