Week: September 30th-October 4th
This week, Eric addresses the state academic standards in California, student religious liberties, and more.
9/30/19: California Standards & the Gospel
The California Department of Education wants every sixth-grader in California’s public schools to know the Gospel.
The California Department of Education’s academic standards for sixth-grade Social Studies says this when it comes to learning about the Roman Empire and the birth of Christianity:
[Students are to] “Note the origins of Christianity in the Jewish Messianic prophecies, the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the New Testament, and the contribution of St. Paul the Apostle to the definition and spread of Christian beliefs (e.g., belief in the Trinity, resurrection, salvation).”
What’s in your state’s academic standards?
You can get our summary of your state’s academic standards showing where the Bible and Christianity can be taught. Call 888-44-PARENT. That’s 888-44-PARENT.
10/1/19: Mt. Rushmore & Creation
What does Mt. Rushmore have to do with the origin of life?
There are ways to help public school students think twice about evolution without opening a Bible or referring to God. Teaching about Mt. Rushmore makes for a good opportunity.
You can make a joking comment about Mt. Rushmore being an amazing example of random chance and erosion. This can then lead to a discussion about how we can tell the difference between random chance and purposeful design.
When people see a meaningful design, their experience tells them it was the done by a designer – not by random chance. A design is a pattern that expresses a message. Students just may remember that as they sit in their biology class and learn about DNA.
10/2/19: Announcing Student Prayer Meetings
Can public school students announce a prayer meeting over the school’s intercom?
The U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines on students’ religious expression in public schools clarify [and I’m quoting]:
“[W]here student groups that meet for nonreligious activities are permitted to advertise or announce their meetings—for example, by advertising in a student newspaper, making announcements on a student activities bulletin board or public address system, or handing out leaflets—school authorities may not discriminate against groups who meet to pray.”
We are so grateful that this radio station is committed to helping you be a gateway to better education for your children. Make sure your children and their teachers understand the religious freedom students have at school. There is so much misunderstanding about this issue. You can clear up that confusion.
10/3/19: Relying on Devine Providence
Some have suggested that because the Declaration of Independence doesn’t mention Jesus Christ, it reflects a deist’s view of God by the Founders.
Deists believe God created the world but is not active in it. However, scholars Gary Amos and Richard Gardiner, in their book Never Before in History, point out that the Declaration ends with an appeal to “the protection of Divine Providence.” Only people who believe in a personal God would make such an appeal. Deists wouldn’t both.
Today, as our nation is spiraling downward morally, we must rely on Divine protection in standing for truth. You can be a gateway to better education for the children in your local schools. There are many Christian teachers and administrators in your schools who need your help.
10/4/19: Tending Your Garden
Is your public school a battlefield or a garden?
Christians often see the public schools as battlegrounds - places where the culture war is fought. For years the schools have been viewed as the enemy to be conquered or avoided. I understand that thinking.
However, there are millions of Christians in the public schools. But how can they change what’s happening there? Well, it doesn’t require warriors as much as it requires gardeners. It requires planting seeds, watering, and reaping the fruit. It takes time and love. Garden plants don’t do well in the middle of battlefields. Nothing much grows in a battlefield.
You can be a gateway to better education for those in your local schools. Who is the one person God has put in your path at school. It’s time to start planting and nurturing truth with the one.