A Teacher’s Story (by Cheryl Arnold)

As many of you know, my daughter, Laura, and I published a book together late last year — Sharing God’s Love: The Jesus Creed for Children. It is our hope that the children’s version of The Jesus Creed will assist parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as they guide children into loving God and loving others in practical ways, [Read More…]

Ban Laptops in Class?

This professor, Tal Gross, says Yes. Image. What say you? Granted, laptops have their advantages. A laptop can be securely backed up more easily than a notebook. A laptop allows students — especially those for whom English is a second language — to look up words and background on the fly. But such benefits are [Read More…]

Too Much Emphasis on STEM?

Emily Eckart (at the link read the whole article): It is commonly claimed that STEM majors are the “most valuable” — value being defined as immediate job offers and high earnings. Articles promoting STEM have a clear focus: jobs and money. College is increasingly viewed as a form of vocational training, useful only for teaching the quantitative skills that our [Read More…]

Gender and Student Evaluations

Matt Shipman: A new study shows that college students in online courses give better evaluations to instructors they think are men – even when the instructor is actually a woman. “The ratings that students give instructors are really important, because they’re used to guide higher education decisions related to hiring, promotions and tenure,” says Lillian [Read More…]

Wisdom of Richard J. Mouw

Richard J. Mouw, former President at Fuller Seminary, has been one of the most versatile and insightful leaders of the 20th-21st Century for American evangelicalism. He helped shape the “moral minority” as a Calvin professor and then led Fuller in times of its becoming a leading — if not the leading — seminary in North America. [Read More…]

Sit Still, Fidgeting and Public Schools

By  Angela Hanscom Except for brief periods of getting up and switching classrooms, I’ve been sitting for the past 90 excruciating minutes. I look down at my leg and notice it is bouncing. Great, I think to myself, now I’m fidgeting! I’m doing anything I can to pay attention – even contorting my body into awkward positions to keep [Read More…]

Liberals vs. Conservatives: Educational Values

Christopher Ingraham: Liberals and conservatives prioritize very different values when it comes to educating their kids: Liberals are much more likely to preach the value of tolerance, while conservatives emphasize religious faith. Among all political types, liberals stand out for their general indifference toward teaching obedience. On the other hand, they place a higher value [Read More…]

Teaching to the Test: Something Needs to Change

Source: Public education is one of the foundations of our democracy. It is, arguably, the only equalizing force in an otherwise unequal system. Over the years I have seen many fads and trends come and go. Over these last few years, however, I have become increasingly alarmed over what appears to be an attempt to [Read More…]

Essays on Education

The following essays about education and reading by me are now being gathered into this one post: ExiledEden The Big Muddy Never Alone The Trojan Horse [Read more…]

Board Resignations, Board Support at Bryan College

Source: Four members of the Bryan College board of trustees have resigned, saying they’re upset with the direction that the Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tenn., has taken under President Stephen Livesay. The resignations capped months of discontent on the Bryan campus brought to light by a change to the college’s 80-year-old statement of [Read More…]