Monday, May 10, 2004

I Might Be Godless, But I Power Blogger!

First, while I am still in a good mood (and it shall shift, reader of mine, it shall), Blogger has given itself a face lift and I am joining in. Note that the button on the side "I Power Blogger" has replaced "Powered By Blogger". More like it. I do indeed power Blogger and have gone unrecognized for lo these many months. About time, I say.

The template change has been coming and I plan soon to toy with the mysteries of the sidebar so I can add links (to your blog! and yours too!). This is the look, more content to come. I am on a new comment system and your old ones may be lost. If you ever said anything pithy here and want it to last, you are sunk. Please add new comments now to remind us of your wit and cunning.

Now the news.

Seems that a resolution is a cookin for this summer's Southern Baptist Convention. CNN.com shares that Mr TC Pickney claims that the public schools offer a godless agenda and subpar education and that the responsible parent would home school or at least send their children to Christian schools.

This resolution has been submitted for consideration but may or may not see the floor of the Convention. Richard Land, head of the SBC public policy arm could not be reached for comment.

I, however could.

I can make the argument that the allegations of failing public schools are greatly exaggerated, ACT scores are lower due to a greater population of students taking the tests, schools are expected to handle more in terms of breadth of curricula than ever before, but I won't. That isn't what troubles me most.

I am bothered at the lack of public trust in the schools. Educational reform advocate Jamie Vollmer refers to this phenomenon as Nostesia (Nostalgia+Amnesia). Again, we are expecting more from this system than we are willing to put into it. His commentary is worth reading.

It also bothers me that my Grandma will adopt any resolution that the SBC passes. Will I then be assumed to carry a godless agenda? What about my two teacher aunts? I tend to wonder if such a proclamation might be a line in the sand for many Baptists who might start to see these words as a violation of soul competency.

I can only hope that my Grandma and other folk will see the inherent contradiction in a resolution that declares that education is the responsibility of the home but then presumes to tell the parent how best to educate.

Does this mean OBU has to close the College of Education?

1 comment:

LaRicaK said...

I agree with you on this point. I agree that the public asks for too much these days. I can say this with seeing my brother and sister-in-law teaching in Kingston. They are having great problems with the No Child Left Behind Stuff. My sister-in-law is having problems with parents wanting more for their child's education but allowing their child not to be responsible for making sure they actually do their school work and if they don't do it, the parents do not want any consequences to occur as a result. It is a contradiction.

Also, my brother WAS the head coach for the Kingston football team. He had the same problem. The parents wanted the team to be good but would not allow him to do what needed to be done to make it a successful program. (meaning, like normal teams they come in on Saturday's to watch film from the last game to learn what to do better for the next game. Extra practices in the summer to prepare them for the season. Parents did not think it was appropriate and needed for students to do these things that all other teams that they play do. They expected their son to be successful without adequate practice) Students are not taught to go the extra mile anymore and are taught to expect for the rules to be bent just for them to be able to make it with flying colors through school.