“[One of the] challenges has been deciphering the contrasting and sometimes competing messages we’re given from above,” says a high school English teacher. “The ministry will announce something, the board will interpret it, administrators will chime in, then the union will tell us something different, and we all shrug our shoulders and do our best to institute a messy, poorly streamlined set of directions.”
When students at Bulkley Valley Christian School (BVCS) in Smithers, B.C. learned about the history of discrimination against Indigenous people in their town, it didn’t take them long to move from shock to action.
Grad school, unlike most educational programs, does not have a defined end date. Completion is entirely dependent on the success of research, clarity of data, efficiency of writing, and the decisions of advisory committees. “You can have weeks where experiments fail and it feels like you’ve accomplished nothing,” explains one Chemistry PhD student. “It’s hard to not take that as a reflection of you as a person.” We need to lend extra understanding and patience to grad students as they experience the stops and starts of their academic paths.
C.S. Lewis once argued that realistic fiction might actually be the most dangerous genre of literature for Christians, including Christian children. As he pointed out, few children really expect to meet a dragon because of reading fantasy, but many may come to believe that getting rich through hard work is a primary human value after reading certain “realistic” fiction.
Does hiring Christian teachers and administrators automatically yield a Christian education? Well-meaning and sincere Christians have taken very different approaches to Christian education and scholarship. What follows are six examples.
Discerning technology begins with asking good questions.
It’s your first day of school today. We all bike with you through the hamlet. You stop and look both ways at the Co-Op like we’ve taught you, and I want to tuck you back inside my womb and never let you go.