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Christmas in January

Posted in Family, holidays, music with tags , , , , on January 10, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Today was the day of the long awaited Chiloquin Elementary School Christmas Pagent! Alas, last months was canceled because of blizzard conditions. Today however, was the day of the big performance … Here is my daughter Hannah (5th from the left) and the rest of Miss Henson’s Fourth grade class, kicking into a rousing number called “The Fruitcake Song.” The show must go on does it not!
 
Tim, the proud Dad after all ….

Back to Dunkirk????

Posted in Christian, Family with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
schoolAn article I stumbled across …
 
Christians called to abandon public education


Posted: December 28, 2008
9:15 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

 
You’ve heard all about the disputes: “Silent Night” banned at the “holiday” program, artistic references to the Bible censored and faith-inclusive children’s programs facing discrimination.

Now some people are fed up with public school treatment of Christianity and have launched a campaign calling for a rescue of kids from government education programs – a “Call to Dunkirk.”

The name Dunkirk is famous for the hundreds of thousands of World War II allies saved in May 1940 when a flotilla of pleasure boats, fishing craft and others rescued the soldiers from the beaches near Dunkirk, France, where they were trapped by an advancing German army.

Full article here:

http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=84603

 
YouTube video here:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGZLSVph3A
 
Looking at the video I would have to say that was one of the most offensive propaganda videos I think I have seen in a long time!. Equating public school teacher to Hitler (with convenient Hitler film clips to boot!), Stalinist collective farms, calling public schools “soul killing government indoctrination centers,” is a bit much, don’t you think?
 
My thoughts? Well-run Christian schools and quality home-school programs are certainly a viable option for Christians.  If one perceives that the public schools become a tool of social engineers to teach anti-Christian messages, then Christian parents may find that removing their children from public schools to be the only option. However I think the problem with the public schools is the lack of parental responsibility for the academic and behavioral advancement of their children. It is no wonder that so many Charter, and Home Schooled children do better than our public schools, they have greater parental involvement and ability to only educate those students they desire. The point of the Social Engineers is valid problem, but NOT the main problem. I would submit that neglecting parental responsibilities IS Anti-Christian.
 
The mechanism exists for school accountability through school board elections, PTA’s, and state and federal grievance procedures. This again has been neglected by the all to often “Too busy to get involved” parent. the problem is that our schools are merely the symptom of a societal breakdown and not the cause. It does however become a vicious cycle, but I believe we should “fix” the society and then the educational system will follow. Their “successes” with certain charter schools only reinforces what the problem is. It is NOT a viable alternative without a quantum shift in our culture back to parental responsibility which schools and homes have NOT supported.
 
I believe that as Christians we should become more involved with our schools not less! Even using the World War 2 metaphor …. We came back to take the land, not just withdraw from it!
 
Any thoughts?

School bans the word ‘school’

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , on January 3, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

schoolhouse_rocks_by_the_spider1Now this story has to rank pretty high on the “Whats next!” scale …

 

School bans the word school!

THE head of a new school has banned the word “school” — in case it upsets pupils’ parents.

Watercliffe Meadow is known as a “Place for Learning” because staff say “school” has a negative impact on some mums and dads.

The new £4.7million academy in Sheffield, South Yorks, replaced three old schools.

 

Its 481 pupils, from nursery to Year 6, are allowed to wear slippers instead of shoes.

Headteacher Linda Kingdon said: “We decided we didn’t want to use the word ‘school’.

“One reason was many parents of children here had very negative connotations of school.

“Instead we want this to be a place for family learning.

“There are no bells or locked doors. We wanted to de-institutionalise the place and bring the school closer to real life.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2091812.ece

 

Lets see … Prisons are no longer prisons but holding facilities for wayward people …. You know the slipper idea seems kinda cool though!