Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Do I Want a Theologian or Philosopher?

When I was at Biola University, a conservative evangelical Bible college including the Talbot School of Theology, one of my anthropology professors talked about how Talbot professors served to screen every incoming professor in every discipline so that there was not accidentally an anarchist-feminist-atheist-environmentalist...
March 14th, 2013 | Education, Philosophy | Read More

Education: Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

Joe Carter summarized the debate rather nicely, including two opposing viewpoints, over at the Gospel Coalition this past week: The Issue: Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, the producers of the History channel’s hit mini-series The Bible, recentlyargued in the Wall Street Journal that...
March 13th, 2013 | Education | Read More

Your Mind and Your Bible Study: A Lesson in Compatibility

Research in education suggests that individuals have unique ways they best process, organize, and understand new information. If you’re curious about your ways of learning, here’s a great link to one test (it’ll take 10 minutes tops. Click “Learning Style Descriptions”...
February 27th, 2013 | Education | Read More

The Torrey Honors Institute hires Dr. Chris Mitchell

Today, the Torrey Honors Institute announced that they have hired Dr. Chris Mitchell. It’s an exciting development, for a few reasons. First, as Matt Anderson notes,  “It doesn’t seem very often in the world of Christian higher education that people who are well established at leading...
February 19th, 2013 | Education | Read More

“You’re Just Plain Wrong (And Probably Evil)”: Adult Intellectual Development

“It gives them an excuse to push their own agenda on guns,” the words rolled out from under his mustache while he leaned back in his chair, agitated. “I think they’re glad it happened.” Glad it happened? I reeled a little with disbelief. How could he possibly think so? There...
February 18th, 2013 | Culture, Education | Read More

Memorization in the MRI Machine

Last Wednesday, I went to the radiologist for an MRI (at the risk of spoilers, I’ll say upfront that the results came back totally clean). The doctor packed cushions around my head so it couldn’t move, squeezed earplugs in my ears to dim the jack-hammer sound of the machine, and then pushed...
February 11th, 2013 | Education | Read More

Utter Failure: Learning to Drive a Stick Shift

There’s a chasm of difference between doing what you knew you could and doing what you thought you couldn’t. When I was 14, my dad bought a black sedan we called Shadow. At the dealer, he selected one particular attribute because, “You’re about to start driving”: Shadow...
February 5th, 2013 | Education | Read More

The End of the Semester and the Horror of Free Time

It’s that time. The end of semester. A time of cookies and coffee and rest and parties and papers. Time for cozy pajamas and creating lists of all the books I’ve wanted to read for the last few months, but haven’t had the time. It’s time. Free time. The first few days after every...
December 11th, 2012 | Education, Philosophy | Read More

I like my iPhone, and Jesus does, too

“In the early Christian icons,” my priest explained. “You can tell the Christians from the non-Christians by the technology they’re using. The non-Christians are reading from old scrolls, but the Christians stand flipping cooly through books in the codex form. The early Christians...
October 29th, 2012 | Education, Technology | Read More

I’m Alicia, and I’m a Grades Addict

By God’s grace, my last few weeks have been marked by classroom success. A few encouraging words from professors, admiring comments from students, and – what else? – those happy “10/10″ and “A” notes at the tops of returned papers. But, I’m growing suspicious...
October 22nd, 2012 | Education | Read More