Not too young to learn

Do you think your little child is too young to be taught important lessons? She is learning all the time, even when she doesn't appear to be paying attention. Consider this item that appeared in the newspaper 25 years ago when we were living in Montreal. A diabetic mother was worried what would happen if … Continue reading Not too young to learn

How did our education system get where it is today?

The best description I have read of the thinking behind our public education system is Les déshérités (The Disinherited) by Francois-Xavier Bellamy, published in France in 2014. Bellamy traces the root of modern educational thinking to the philosophies of René Descartes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. René Descartes (1596-1650) believed that all knowledge could be attained by … Continue reading How did our education system get where it is today?

What happens in the brain when we read?

If we are a fluent reader we have a massive number of words stored in the occipital lobe of the left brain, which takes just 1/6 of a second to recognize each word and we read smoothly and effortlessly. But that only happens if we have learned to read by recognizing the sound made by … Continue reading What happens in the brain when we read?

Matthew Effects in Learning

“For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath” (Matthew 25:29). In 1986, Keith Stanovich published a study entitled Matthew Effects in Reading: Some Consequences of Individual Differences in the Acquisition of Literacy. The “Matthew Effects” … Continue reading Matthew Effects in Learning

To be a disciple

The Great Commission tells Christians to make disciples from all nations. In practice though, it seems many evangelical efforts have thought it sufficient to get a profession of faith from new believers, to make converts. That’s only a beginning. If I stop at being converted, I am not sufficiently rooted and grounded in the faith … Continue reading To be a disciple

The Beatitudes in Braid Scots

Matthew Chaptir Fyve And, seeing the thrang o' folk, he gaed up intil a mountain; and when he was sutten-doon, his disciples gather't aboot.  And he open't his mooth, and instructit them; and quo he:  Happy the spirits that are lown and cannie: for the kingdom o' Heeven is waitin' for them!  Happy they wha … Continue reading The Beatitudes in Braid Scots

An abandoned child

In 1797 a child, estimated to be 9 or 10 years old, was seen living in the wild in the region of Aveyron. He evaded capture until 1800. All attempts to discover who he was or where he came from were fruitless. He was taken to Paris to be examined. The leading minds were excited … Continue reading An abandoned child

A disinherited generation

This week I read a book that I feel to be tremendously important. Many people are disturbed by the disorder in the world today, but we have very different ideas about the cause and an even sharper difference in our ideas about a remedy. This book shines a clear light on the roots of the … Continue reading A disinherited generation

Four kinds of Christians?

In musing over the many directions taken by Christians I have encountered over my lifetime, it seems that they fall into four basic categories: ritualists; activists; survivalists and disciples. I don't pretend that this is the nec plus ultra of analyses, but it is something that has helped me sort things out in my own … Continue reading Four kinds of Christians?