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Phyllis Schlafly On Education

Known for such comments on education as: "Our public school system is our country's biggest and most inefficient monopoly, yet it keeps demanding more and more money." and "It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists,"Phyllis Schlafly was a rare voice speaking up for conservative virtues, not worrying about political correctness.

Her pro-familyEagle Forum featured posts on education worth reading and discussing such as the timelyEducation Briefs and essays like Research Disputes Benefits of Early Education.

Mrs. Schlafly died this past Monday (Labor Day), September 5, 2016 in Ladue, MO.

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Texts for Daily Chapel

As noted in a previous discussion, we begin each day at our school with worship. Preaching a 5-minute chapel sermon every day might seem a bit daunting, but there are plenty of themes to consider when drawing from limitless well of God's living Word.

Here are some themes I used:

  • The Old Testament reading from Sunday's Divine Service
  • The Epistle reading from Sunday's Divine Service
  • The Gradual
  • The Introit
  • The parts of the liturgy
  • The morning and evening daily psalms appointed in Lutheran hymnals
  • Find a text which illumines the Collect of the Day
  • seriatum from books like Numbers or the Acts of the Apostles
  • the Bible verse associated with the hymn of the week
  • Gospel readings which are not included in the lectionary
  • elaborations on Luther texts in such devotionals as Day By Day We Magnify TheeLuther's Family Devotions, or Luther for the Busy Man
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Gnetlemen vis-a-vis Saints

An excerpt from The Genteel Imposter: Newman's Social Criticism

Newman remarks in his Idea of a University that it is far easier to find examples of gentlemen than saints. The reason should be obvious: “The world is content with setting right the surface of things; the Church aims at regenerating the very depths of the heart” [Idea, p. 203]. So Newman sees the gentleman as superficial. In this he has many literary precedents from Horace to Moliere; but Newman’s objection does not vent itself in high satire and then depart with good-fellow handshakes all around.

There is genuine danger; in Newman’s view, something is being disguised: “The splendours of a’ court, and the charms of good society, wit, imagination, taste, and high breeding, the prestige of rank, and the resources of wealth, are a screen, an instrument, and an apology for vice and irreligion” [Idea, p. 202]. What is being hidden by the fine ways of genteel society is original sin: “What, indeed, is the very function of society, as it is at present, but a rude attempt to cover the degradation of the fall, and to make men feel respect for themselves, and enjoy it in the eyes of others, without returning to God” [P.S. VIII, p.266].

What is missing is virtue which comes with holiness; and any attempt to supplant the role of virtue with that of liberal education is futile: “Quarry the granite rocks with razors, or moor the vessel with a thread of silk; then may you hope with such keen and delicate instruments as human knowledge and human reason to contend against those giants, the passion and pride of man” [Idea, p. 121]

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FreeDictionary.com - HTML Blocks for School

If your school has a website maintained by someone you know, you might enjoy adding some free content using FreeDictionary.com. Other educational widgets are also available with a bit of "Googling."

This link has examples of what the blocks can do on the left-hand side and the HTML code in the boxes on the right. You can easily use these, for example, to look up all the words which end in "-able" and all the words ending in "-ible" to make a comparison. There are vocabulary activities and this-day-in-history resources as well.

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The Fallacy Detective

Students in my classes have responded well to Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn's The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox.

The books are available at a discount to Christian schools -- and some of the web resources include a Short List of Fallacies and How to Use The Thinking Toolbox in a Classroom.

Catherine Duffy has a critical review here.

 

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