Week: October 21st - 25th
This week, Eric discusses the truth about Thanksgiving, students’ religious freedom, and state expectations regarding religion.
10/21/19: Jefferson’s Theological Statement
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson based religious freedom on a theological idea?
Thomas Jefferson considered The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom one of his greatest achievements. He and James Madison wrote the law and it strongly influenced the First Amendment just three years later.
Jefferson began the law with this theological idea:
“Almighty God hath created the mind free…all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments…are a departure from the plan of the Holy author of our religion.”
Can you imagine legislation today beginning with that?
Well, imagine this: public school students, today, learning about Jefferson’s theological idea that religious freedom comes from God who made our minds free. It can happen, and you can be the gateway to better education for students at your school.
10/22/19: Worship in Class
Can your children worship the Lord while in a public school classroom?
God power, presence, and truth is revealed in every academic subject your children learn about in school. They could think of their classroom as a place of worship as they think about God. For instance, as they learn about the Solar System, they can reflect on Psalm 19:1 which says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
In math class, as they learn about how numbers and geometric shapes are used to describe the visible and invisible world, they can reflect on Acts 17:28 where Paul writes, “in him we live and move and have our being.”
You can be the gateway to better education for your children and help them think Biblically in their public school.
10/23/19: Bible Reading & Literature
What do Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee all share regarding education? Their public schools now expect students to know the Bible.
Many people think the Bible has been thrown out of public schools. But some states around the country expect students to read the Bible. Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee all share the same academic standard for Language Arts (and I’m quoting):
“[Students are to] analyze how myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible influence themes, patterns of events, or character types in a modern work.”
In other words, students are expected to know how biblical stories influence literature. That means they’ll need to read the Bible.
You will be amazed at just how much your state’s academic standards expect students to know the Bible. For a free copy of our research on your state’s standards, call 888-44-PARENT. That’s 888-44-PARENT.
10/24/19: The Truth about Thanksgiving
Halloween is just around the corner but, today, I want to talk to you about Thanksgiving
If you are involved in public schools, believe it or not, it’s time to think about Thanksgiving. Teachers need time to plan and now is the time to bring it up.
How is Thanksgiving taught in your schools? Most students, today, learn that Thanksgiving is a nostalgic remembrance of the Pilgrims and Indians. But that is only the history of Thanksgiving.
The reason we celebrate it is because our President asks us to. That’s right. It is a presidentially-declared holiday in which he calls upon the nation to thank God for the blessing we’ve received. It’s time for students to learn the truth.
You can be the gateway to better education for the children in your schools.
10/25/19: State Expectations about Thanksgiving
Did you know your state’s department of education wants students to learn why we celebrate Thanksgiving?
Ya, I know we’ve got a ways to go before Thanksgiving. But teachers like to plan ahead. So, let’s talk about what should be taught at Thanksgiving.
Teachers need to understand that their state’s department of education expects students to know why Thanksgiving is celebrated. Every state lists it in their academic standards. Do you know why we celebrate Thanksgiving? It’s a holiday established by our government. That’s right! And, the President asks us all to thank God on that day.
You will be amazed at just how much your state’s academic standards expect students to know about America’s Christian heritage. And a lot of teachers don’t even know it. For a free copy of our research on your state’s standards, call 888-44-PARENT. That’s 888-44-PARENT.