Aug 20, 2016

Off-site Highlights: Education and the Family

(Compiled by Anna)

Happy Saturday! Here's some recommended reading, mostly on the subjects of education and the family.

This piece poses a deeply important question. The author comes from a distinctly Roman Catholic perspective, but we, too, should be asking the same thing. 

The West’s War on the Family by Bruce Frohnen
"The family has become the center of the culture wars because it is where people’s characters are formed. Even as our educational institutions from pre-K through college become increasingly brazen in their drive to indoctrinate young people into an ideology of victimization, resentment, and individual entitlement, many still resist the taste and comfort of progressives. Homeschoolers, parochial parents, and others still manage to raise millions of children devoted to faith, family, and freedom. And so the family, in particular, has come under assault in the name of choice, social justice, and an end to oppression. . . . 
"This, I think, poses for conservatives and Christians, in particular, the real question of our age: How do we continue to exist and lead decent lives in a culture that brands decent lives oppressive and dangerous?"

Christian thinkers and educators have found it tremendously helpful to rally around the transcendentals of truth, goodness, and beauty. Yet this writer points out how that focus, in the absence of a theology of grace, can become destructive. 

The Lost Transcendental: My Only Concern for the Classical Education Movement by Emily Andrews
Prince Hal showed me that the trouble with gazing on truth, goodness, and beauty alone is that we are human. Don’t get me wrong, this triumvirate is very worthy of study and necessary to a good life. However, we must be aware that perfect truth, goodness, and beauty can only rest in the Godhead. Sometimes getting around down here on earth requires also gazing on that which is false, wicked, and ugly so that we may have compassion on our fellow men—so that we may have compassion on ourselves. Real life is often tainted by the stain of original sin, and the day-to-day is often common and ordinary. MORE.

Are your kids heading back to school? You might appreciate this piece from last year about (mostly) non-academic ways to prepare them. A Top Ten List for Back to School: How to Help Your Child’s Teacher by Helping Your Child By Heather Judd.

If, however, your high school students are pondering college, you should read Cheryl's recent piece on how to get your money's worth out of college.

Plus, don't forget to help your kids grow into better human beings. In other words, give them lots of chores.

Thinking about incorporating the church year into your children's daily life? Aubri Hale has written a helpful description of how she does that (this piece is another one from our archives).

On Other Topics:

There's still time to enter a giveaway for Mary Moerbe's new book about the word "blessing."

And lastly, here's some satire: I Identify As Married To A Man Who Won’t Have Me, And It’s So Unfair.
"No matter what he says or how many restraining orders he gets, I am—I always have been—the wife of Mr. X"

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