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Technology and Education (4) – All Discourse Becomes Entertainment in an Instantgram World

Two weeks ago I ended my message by stating that that the form in which ideas are expressed affects the content of those ideas. I think we can take this further and assert that the forms of discourse regulate, and even dictate, what kind of content can issue from such forms. For example, it is perfectly …

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Technology and Education (3) – The Rise of the Instantgram Mind

The typographical mind, grounded in words and ideas, is worlds apart from what I will refer to as the Instantgram mind, a mind formed by images. To understand the distance between the two, consider the following. Postman asserted that until relatively recently, public figures were known largely by their written words and not by their …

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Charis Theatre

Last year, Charis’s high schoolers performed Twelfth Night, the first Shakespeare play we’ve ever produced. As you can imagine, taking on a play by Billy Shakes himself is a pretty monumental task. If reading his plays for understanding is hard enough, playing a Shakespeare part requires expert knowledge of every monologue, line, and even word …

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Some Thoughts on Education (9) – FAQs (A) Do Contemporary Schools Favor Girls Over Boys? And (B) Why do Christian Schools so Often Struggle?

Do Contemporary Schools Favor Girls Over Boys?  Before discussing this I think it is important to note that (1) boys and girls are different and therefore learn differently and (2) anytime one moves toward one group of people one moves away from another group. Let me take a moment to unpack the second statement. Consider …

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Some Thoughts on Education (8) – FAQs Should Christians Attend Secular or Christian Colleges?

*Important note*: those of you who have talked to me about college already know that I honestly don’t have clarity on this question. What I write here is far more speculative than what I normally write, so please keep that in mind as you read. I remember a strange class during the end of my …

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Some Thoughts on Education (6) – FAQs (A) How do I give my children what I lack? And (B) why must students learn things they will never “use”?

If parents are the most important factor in their children’s education, what chance do my children have? I didn’t get a good education, how do I give my children what I lack? As a parent you don’t need to know everything, none of us do. In fact, some parents with great educations help their children …

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Some Thoughts on Education (5) – Three Educational Challenges: Families, Politicization, and Technology Use

It is my judgement that the biggest problem with education has nothing to do with schools. Given this, hiring better teachers, training them another way, building better buildings, offering other courses, reforming teachers’ unions—I do not believe that any of these things get to the root of the problem. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try …

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