Sabbath-keeping in Christian schools

Sundays are my favorite holidays.

New Year’s Day, Easter, even Christmas pale in comparison. Unlike other holidays, particularly those of the man-made variety, the Sabbath is a tradition divinely consecrated and nearly as old as creation itself (Exodus 20:11).

When we remember the Sabbath, we celebrate our freedom from bondage (Deuteronomy 5:15). By contrast, it’s no surprise that throughout human history, ignoring the Sabbath has been the practice of oppressive societies.

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Christian schools and COVID: Leading the way

Last month, University of Louisiana professor Michael B. Henderson and Harvard University professors Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West released the findings of their COVID reopenings report. Their study’s sample is a nationally representative one of over 2,000 American families with children in traditional public, public charter, and private schools. When considered alongside ACSI’s Christian Schools and COVID-19 survey of over 730 member schools in December 2020, there is compelling evidence that Christian schools are leading the way on reopening schools during the ongoing pandemic.

Read the full post on the ACSI blog.

Leadership for flourishing schools

Because of their biblically-based philosophy of education, Christian schools ground their vision and mission in Scripture. Based on the scriptural truth that God desires to bless his people and cause them to flourish (Psalm 44:2; 52:8; 72:7, 16; 92:12-13), ACSI Research set out in 2018-2019 to understand the ways in which Christian schools can flourish.

Read the full post on the ACSI blog.

Nationwide data on Christian schools yields 2020-2021 profile

Over 730 Christian schools participated in ACSI’s third nationwide survey of Christian schools’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings showed that the vast majority of Christian schools reopened in-person this fall and did so safely and comprehensively. The report, which can be accessed here, shares survey data on enrollment trends, COVID disruption, distance-learning planning and discounts, COVID modifications to sports and other activities, special education and student support, and faculty well-being.

Read the full post on the ACSI blog.

New research finds evidence linking Protestant school attendance and strong marriages

If education research is a beachhead of pebbles examining test scores, graduation rates, and employment outcomes, a study linking education with the understudied, yet critically important outcome of marriage, is a rare and precious jewel. In a new report for the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, Albert Cheng, Patrick Wolf, Wendy Wang, and Bradford Wilcox examine the relationship between marriage outcomes and education across public, Catholic, Protestant, and secular private school sectors.

Read the full post on the ACSI blog.

In defense of homeschooling

In their May-June 2020 issue, Harvard Magazine published an article by Erin O’Donnell titled “The Risks of Homeschooling.” Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet, quoted extensively throughout the article, “recommends a presumptive ban on the practice,” claiming that homeschooling violates children’s rights and inculcates conservative Christian, anti-scientific, misogynist, and racist views.

Homeschooling in Arkansas has grown steadily over the last 20 years; therefore, these charges deserve consideration.

Defamatory stereotypes of homeschoolers, such as those alleged by Bartholet, are based on old assumptions that all homeschoolers hold similar beliefs, but if this was ever true, it is untrue today. As more families join the movement, their reasons for choosing homeschooling are diverse.

Read the full post at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Homeschooling: Innocent until proven guilty

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” — C.S. Lewis

What prompted Cevin Soling, Freedman-Martin fellow in journalism at Harvard’s Kennedy School, to choose this warning as he introduced an event at Harvard earlier this month?

The “tyranny sincerely exercised” is the presumptive ban against homeschooling that Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet recommends in her recent Arizona Law Review article, “Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism vs. Child Rights to Education & Protection.”

Read the full post on the redefinED blog.

Harvard law professor’s attack on homeschool is a flawed failure. And terribly timed, too.

The May-June issue of Harvard Magazine carries an article, “The Risks of Homeschooling,” promoting the argument of Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet that the U.S. should enact “a presumptive ban” on homeschooling. Homeschooling is essentially unregulated, Bartholet argues, and many parents adopt this method of educating their children for nefarious reasons including indoctrinating the parents’ values into their children, isolating the children from society, and abusing them. Parents should be assumed to be incompetent and dangerous educators of their children. Therefore, specific parents may homeschool their children only if government officials determine that allowing them to educate their children at home is worth the risk.

The article prompted a tsunami of critical responses, in Education Next (see “Harvard Professor’s ‘Absurd’ Claim that Homeschooling is Child Abuse”) as well as here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. We seek here to move the discussion beyond the 1,000-word Harvard Magazine article that sparked such opprobrium by carefully considering Bartholet’s 80-page Arizona Law Review article that inspired the story. We expected it to be rigorous and fact-based but were sadly disappointed.

Read the full post at Education Next.

Must bear witness: Studying the Holocaust

When the Ohrdruf concentration camp was liberated in 1944, Dwight D. Eisenhower insisted on visiting the camp in person. This visit was important, as he later wrote, because it would put him “in a position to give firsthand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations to propaganda.”

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Ohrdruf’s liberation. Less than eight decades after the events of the Holocaust took place, Americans are failing at the somber responsibility with which Elie Wiesel charged humanity: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

Read the full post at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Freedom is central to civics

Aleita Cook, a student at Providence Career & Technical Academy, and 13 of her
peers have joined in a class action lawsuit against Rhode Island on the grounds
that the system failed to provide them with an adequate civics education, which
they claim is a violation of their constitutional rights.

The students may win their case, but in doing so will lose the most important
lesson in civics: the American civic life is characterized by freedom from, not
reliance upon, the government.

Read the full post at the Providence Journal.