UK Study Finds 1 In 7 Teens Becomes Christian Because Of Visiting A Church, Not Parachurch Ministries

One in seven British Christian teens say a visit to a church building was a key factor in influencing them to adopt their faith, according to a new study. Nearly one in five said attending a religious school was the major factor in preserving or introducing their Christian faith. “This shows the power of church … Continue reading UK Study Finds 1 In 7 Teens Becomes Christian Because Of Visiting A Church, Not Parachurch Ministries

Get Your Smiling Face In Our Pages At These Upcoming Volunteer Events!

We had a blast last week at our first volunteer work day. Our test run this week at decorative painting for the school hallway went well, too, so we're just about ready to begin that work in earnest. Come join in the fun for the next set of opportunities to bring world-class education to Fort … Continue reading Get Your Smiling Face In Our Pages At These Upcoming Volunteer Events!

Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry

To his own surprise and much public debate, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 and just released his corresponding public lecture. In it, he cites works of classic literature as his inspiration and source material. When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that … Continue reading Bob Dylan Says Classic Literature Inspired His Nobel Prize-Winning Poetry

Some Encouragement This Summer: Japanese Scientists Say Dirt Is Good For Kids

One of the best things you can do to help your child develop a healthy body and mind is let him play in dirt, say Japanese scientists studying child's play. "By using all five senses to experience the outdoors, children are able to feel that they are a part of nature," says Michio Kawasaki, a … Continue reading Some Encouragement This Summer: Japanese Scientists Say Dirt Is Good For Kids

‘Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge’

More gold from The Liberal Arts Tradition by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain: The teacher's job is then to mediate that great conversation using a variety of resources such as textbooks, secondary sources and even primary texts from the great natural philosophers and scientists themselves. Crucial passages from Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Faraday are … Continue reading ‘Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge’

What Kids Lose When Schools And Parents Don’t Foster Free Play

"School has become an abnormal setting for children," says Peter Gray, a professor of psychology at Boston College. "Instead of admitting that, we say the children are abnormal." Gray, the author of several books including "Free to Learn," recently discussed the necessity of unstructured play for children's intellectual and psychological development with Reason TV's Nick … Continue reading What Kids Lose When Schools And Parents Don’t Foster Free Play

How To Read (And Understand!) Einstein

This is one of the best examples of classical education I've seen. It is often difficult to find descriptions to clarify classical education's distinction and promise - this one does both. The quotation is a bit lengthy (so is my commentary) but it's worth it. In his excellent book about Christian classical education, co-author Ravi Scott Jain … Continue reading How To Read (And Understand!) Einstein

How To Build Sturdy Children

Researchers have begun to explore an idea generations of humans have known through experience: resilience is a key component of a good character and, therefore, a good life. Yet as "Free-Range Parenting" author Lenore Skenazy has documented in detail, as children's lives have grown increasingly safe and comfortable, they've also grown more emotionally fragile. On … Continue reading How To Build Sturdy Children

How Overscheduling And Overprotecting Affects Child Development

When my daughter was a young toddler, I constantly chased after her trying to make sure she was "safe." I baby-proofed every inch of my house -- and grandma's. I was her shadow when she walked, just in case she stumbled. With my ever-present pack of wipes, I sanitized every eating surface we came into … Continue reading How Overscheduling And Overprotecting Affects Child Development