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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Decoding Deception

spider on web

As a guest on the Awake the Iron podcast, I spoke about deception in the church, particularly as relates to confused definitions. Whenever we get what my family has come to call “that gritty feeling,” we need to stop, dig in, and ask some questions. In the creepy poem “The Spider and the Fly” (performed at the very end of…

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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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Angel Impersonators

simple angel figure

Do you know what an angel is? Are you sure? I watched a TV documentary (and also read further) about a certain cult group. One report said that the leader claimed to have died and come back, and so he wanted his followers to know that could be their reality. To that end, he “prophesied” the deaths of a couple…

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The Real Thing vs. All Messed Up

crates in dissaray

Some Japanese words are very convenient. They encompass a range of meaning for which English would require a number of different expressions. The Japanese word mechakucha (meh-CHAH-koo-chah) is one of those. It means “all messed up,” “confused,” “gone to pieces.” As in, “Everything went wrong Monday. The whole day was mechakucha!” That word describes how I feel sometimes when I…

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