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Issues in Education

Everybody Ought to Know

Christian teachers should have spiritual goals as well as academic goals for their classrooms.The author of this whitepaper explores what the top 5 things every teacher ought to teach every student in every subject.

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Are Secular Textbooks All That Bad?

Should Christian schools use secular textbooks? Secular texts do have some apparent advantages—more of them exist, they may be less expensive and come with supplementary materials, and they are listed on state-approved lists. However, schools must consider whether secular textbooks will help or hinder their mission. Read about potential difficulties with using secular textbooks within the Christian classroom.

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Home Schools and Christian Schools Working Together: Why and How?

Christian schools are often tempted to view the religious homeschool movement as a threat to their very existence.  Discover many of the benefits to both the homeschool family and the school that come when Christian schools reach out to homeschoolers in their area. The author also lists specific examples of cooperation.

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Helping Students Know How to Do the Right Thing

With violence throughout our schools and homes, society is asking how to improve the character of today's youth. In our Christian homes and schools, we have a remarkable opportunity to teach biblical ethics. But this doesn't come by dictating a certain performance. It starts with a biblical foundation, rooted in the two greatest commandments. In this whitepaper, Dr. Dan Olinger explains why Christian educators are uniquely equipped for developing ethics in their students.

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How Christians Think

Because some people perceive Christians as intellectually inferior, they also assume that Christian textbooks are academically inferior to texts published by secular companies, and Christian schools are not academically rigorous. Find out what academic excellence is and how to evaluate textbooks and schools against this standard.

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Selecting Textbooks and Other Curriculum Support Materials for Christian Schools

Textbooks play an integral part in helping a school accomplish its mission. In this white paper, Dr. Dan Olinger gives some criteria for selecting textbooks as well as an overview of an ideal selection process. 

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Kids These Days: Why They Think Differently and What We Should Do About It

Teachers have noticed a change in their students—they think differently from what students did ten or twenty years ago. Dr. Dan Olinger attributes this change to the rise of the web. Read how the internet has transformed students’ thinking and how teachers should respond.

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Social Media

Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are growing faster than ever. Their reach is almost unfathomable; more than likely, their use is ubiquitous among Christian school students. In a measured tone, this white paper explores the negative impacts of social media on students in Christian schools and how Christian teachers and administrators can respond.

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Historical Revisionism: A Biblical Perspective

History textbooks have aroused a great deal of controversy in our nation’s educational system. The real controversy is not over the historical facts contained in the texts but in the interpretation of those facts. Find out why Christian students need history textbooks that teach a biblical worldview.

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How to Assess Your Teaching Quality

How should a Christian teacher measure his or her effectiveness? Are the students learning the content that they need to know? Is the teacher teaching that content effectively? Learn how to assess curriculum content as well as instructional effectiveness.

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