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 Bible to school, reading it in public would cause
too much conflict and it should be left at home in order to preserve the “law of
separation of church and state.”
Here at Upward International Schools, we are searching for solutions to better
provide quality education for today’s young people. We believe in educational
equity, the authority of parents in education, and of course, freedom of choice.
Along the way I will share lots of practical educational ideas but for now, well, it’s
just a thought from the Head.

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