What Kind of Schooling at School?

report card with potically correct "classes"

My post “Chosen? … Or Targeted?” dealt with concerns related to the school system (like programs/classes in which students would “experience activism” or “learn about religion”). Here are some more examples from different schools. Story 1 8-year-olds were asked to rank themselves on “power and privilege.” (Since this happened in a math class, maybe this “ranking” is new math?) The…

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This World Is Not My Home

passport marked "Heaven"

As 2020 became more saturated with stress, lies, fear, and violence, I found myself singing the old song “This World Is Not My Home.” As a child in the ’50s and ’60s, we sang this all the time at Sunday night youth group, church camp … It was cool that it was about Heaven, but I mostly loved the beat,…

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Bookstore Browse

books on shelves

February 2021. I wandered through four bookstores to see how religious books were displayed, how Christian books showed up in those. In one store I didn’t even have to get to the Religion/New Age/Metaphysical sections. A display in the entryway was all about palmistry, numerology, reiki. And those books were paired with books about meditation, calmness, and that spiritual favorite:…

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Equality—Say What?

dictionary entry of the word equality

Equality 1 College basketball season 2020–21. Guys from many schools had “EQUALITY” on the backs of their jerseys. I get it. These teammates of different skin colors (and some from foreign countries) are true friends. They respect each other, work together every day toward a common goal, hug and chest-bump over a victory, cry together over a loss. Any given…

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Chosen? … Or Targeted?

schoo with bullseye target on it

Some school districts have special programs that take chosen high schoolers out of the classroom several times a week for special learning. The promotional material of one I saw hints that the invite is for cream-of-the-crop students. I’m deliberately not naming the program I learned about. I don’t want readers to see that and think you’re OK because your student…

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