The Wasting Disease of Affluence

In his final semester of high school, an intelligent and gifted young man “from a good home” appears in danger of failing two classes.  He is eighteen.  Almost a man. His teachers are concerned.  Not drawn to finding the cause, they feel responsible for helping him pass. The let him retake quizzes and tests.  They…

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Fallout of Social Media

Everyone seems willing to acknowledge the dangers of social media, but except for a small group of parents whose children have been destroyed by it, few seem willing or courageous enough to do something about it in our schools.  We might start the discussion by making a few simple observations. Social media feeds upon our…

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The Importance of Fathers

Ever since the late 1950s when movies like Rebel Without a Cause began to portray fathers as bumbling idiots in aprons, the prestige and honor of the father in our culture has steadily eroded. One look at fathers in almost any popular television show today will prove this to be the case. A position and…

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The Authority God Has Given to Parents

With creative forms of Christian education sprouting all over the country, such as the University-Model®, Christian parents are realizing they need to revise their thinking in order to be effective co-teachers to their children. Taking on a new mindset involves confronting some of the more erroneous educational mindsets parents have unconsciously accepted about home and…

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Encouraging a Growth Mindset

One of the most valuable things a parent can instill in a child is a basic attitude or stance about approaching a subject—and life itself—in a way that will bring success.  That attitude is what has been called a “growth mindset” or an “overcoming mindset.”  It is characterized by determination and perseverance when confronting an…

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The Most Important Virtue

University-Model® schools should always be promoting the virtues, but especially the foundational virtue of self-acceptance which has been missing from our understanding of spiritual development far too long. Parents and teachers need to understand that the virtue of self-acceptance is not at all the same thing as the feeling of self-esteem, and that patience with…

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Have Fun, Do Your Best, and Be a Blessing

Parents need a motto, a catch-phrase that defines a positive way of living at home or school. “Have Fun, Do your Best, and Be a Blessing” is a great place to start.  Each component represents both a standard for behavior and a claim on a different aspect of the student’s soul. Have Fun.  Hard work…

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God’s Strategy for Discipline: Dealing With Cain

The story of God’s dealing with Cain (Genesis 4) is instructive for how parents and school leaders can query students to reveal the heart issues behind discipline problems.  God’s discipline involves the method of simple questions to reveal Cain’s motives, choices, actions, and their consequences. God asks Cain five different questions before He announces the…

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Sleep, Diet, and Exercise: Are They Spiritual?

Although it is true we are becoming more health-conscious in our country than ever before, it is also true that old habits die hard and we are easily deceived.  How easy it is to think that by eating right but not giving attention to our sleep, or that by exercising often but not eating well,…

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