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Government Education Plan: 15 students, One Teacher and a Tree

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Not the USA government.  That would be too cool!  In Bujumba, Kenya, we helped create St. Jude School which currently has 40 students in grades K - 4th.  The Kenyan government has come up with a plan for the reopening of rural schools.  The government teachers are being assigned 15 students each and directed to conduct classes under a tree. OKay. That is not the only acceptable venue. Community centers, churches, parks, and other casual locations.  Since the school year is nearly over (they meet January - December) it seems to be the goal to reconnect with students in a way as to be fulfilling and rewarding and relational.  Life skills and interest subjects are mandated and while core subjects are not off limits they are not the emphasis.  Small classes and teachers one can get to know personally, what a concept!  Outdoors, social distancing/spacing, personal observation, and most of all..... SCHOOL! Just some thoughts from the Head, of Schools, that is.Watch the development www.upwar…

SUPREME COURT RULES FOR PARENT CHOICE!

Please let me share that story with you from the good folks at FAMILY POLICY ALLIANCE. I believe it’s an important one for every believer who cares about this country and education to know. President Trump, who supports school choice for children as a civil rights issue, also issued a statement today in support of the Court’s decision, saying “no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.”There hasn’t been much good news from the Supreme Court lately, but today, five of the Court’s nine justices decided that parents should be free to choose the best education for their children—and that includes education in private, faith-based schools.

The Court’s decision today is a win for parents, for religious freedom, and most importantly—for children. We believe that children win when their parents can choose the best education for each child, and that no government should place limitations on a child’s future because of her zip code or her famil…

Something Old and Something New

Education is taking some strange twists these days. After decades of being told that education is getting easier to access all the time we find ourselves in the middle of life-crushing student loans, schools closed for virus control, rioting in the streets of communities where school was dangerous to start with, and “new” ideas for learning at home all over the tv and internet. Historically, one room school houses and home-schooling were the educational format for many of our forefathers. In 1609 the Jamestown Colony was experiencing an educational crisis. All children were taught at home. The leaders of the Colony were concerned that the parents, while sufficiently teaching reading and maths, were not doing an acceptable job of teaching the Bible. They instituted the first public schools in America for the purpose of each child’s learning of that most important book, the Bible. Times have surely changed. One ninth grade boy in our local school was told that while it is legal for him to bring a Bi…