When it came to recognizing both the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans, there was a tremendous void for many years in U.S. history textbooks. As a matter of fact, the role of black people in American history was often absent or inaccurately represented in educational settings. In the 1920s, Dr. Carter Woodson identified this … Continue reading Why Celebrate Black History Month?
At the end of January, I had the honor of having a blog post of mine featured by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)--which reaches thousands of Christian Educators worldwide. Entitled "The Heart of the Matter Facing Today's Teens" my focus was twofold: first, understanding the impact of trauma, technology and media on teens; and second, addressing the … Continue reading The Heart of the Matter Facing Today’s Teen
Several years ago, I learned about the difficulty in establishing a national holiday for Dr. King and the powerful role Stevie Wonder played in its creation. In this inspiring article, iHeart Radio reflects on the efforts of Stevie Wonder and his important work in seeing MLK, Jr. Day become a reality. Along these lines, if you … Continue reading Do you know Stevie Wonder’s role in getting MLK, Jr. Day made into a legal holiday?
With the arrival of Christmas upon us, it is not uncommon to see rankings of the most influential people over the past year. Reading about The Next 100 Most Influential People in the doctor’s office this month reminded me of a similar ranking that was published twenty years ago at the turn of the millennium. … Continue reading Spreading the Christmas Story
"I thank my God in all my remembrance of you...because of your partnership in the gospel [of Jesus Christ]," Philippians 1:3,5. As you come together with your family this week, I would like to share a Wall Street Journal article of mine that was published for Thanksgiving several years ago that still remains timely today. … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Message
This year marks the 150th anniversary of College Football, which means plenty of interesting documentaries on ESPN! One story that caught my attention was the bravery of Nate Northington--the first African American football player in the SEC. In contrast to the image of Alabama Governor George Wallace attempting to prevent the entry of black students at … Continue reading Changing “Them” to “Us”
Original Featured on Focus on the Family, September 19, 2019 When I read about the media’s reaction to Drew Brees’ support of Focus on the Family’s “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on October 3, I couldn’t help but remember what a difference the Bible made in my life during my public school years and … Continue reading The Bible and Football
In light of the recent shootings in the U.S., it has been interesting to read the headlines this past week showing the responses of various companies: * "Walmart removing violent video game displays from stores and reviewing gun sale policies." (USA Today) " 'The Hunt' [movie release date] canceled by Universal following significant backlash." (Fox News) * … Continue reading What Can Be Done to Stop the Violence Among Teens?
Do I Need To Renew My Mind, And If So How? In her 2019 book, The Enchanted Hour, Wall Street Journal columnist Meghan Cox Gurdon shares the power of reading (particularly reading aloud) on our brain development vs. the hours spent on an iPad or iPhone which provides little to no brain stimulation—particularly on young … Continue reading The Enchanted Hour
Are middle and high school students being prepared to engage an increasingly diverse population and culture in the U.S.? Given a few of the recent national headlines, it does not appear so. USA Today’s front-page article giving U.S. schools an “F” for teaching slavery: “Schools sanitize it or shy away from it.” A 2019 Pew … Continue reading A Clarion Call for Christian Schools