Conceptualizers

A recent article by Rick Newman, author of Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To Success, describes a panel discussion hosted by the McKinsey Global Institute that dealt with the question of “Automation, Jobs, and the Future of Work.”  In the article, Newman highlights a common thread through the discussion that highlights what he calls the “uberskill that will…

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A World Turned Upside Down (Fourth Week of Advent)

If there is one thing we learn from observing the biblical narrative from start to finish, it’s this: God never really tells a story in a straight line. He loves unexpected twists, turns and ironies. He loves to confound the wisdom of the wise. He loves to do the big things with the little things.…

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Light in the Darkness (Third Week of Advent)

There are those nights as a parent when the monsters must be expelled and defeated. A shadow, a sound, an uneasy feeling takes up residence in the little one’s room and it’s time for Mom or Dad to go into action. The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to discern the location and…

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Doing What We Are Made For

Two thoughts from the Apostle Paul regarding the nature and the work of Jesus Christ (who He is and what He does) give us some profound insight into our nature and purpose (who we are and what we are created to do). In Colossians 1:16, while describing the preeminence of Christ, Paul says, “He is…

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Latin, Alive and Well

“Amo!” “Amas!” “Amat!” “Amamus!” “Amatis!” “Amant!” No, these are not incantations. This is a conjugation of the phrase “I love” in Latin. Students in classical and Christian schools around the country perform this chant and others like it as they learn a language that no one speaks anymore. What a waste of time, right? This…

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Training Up Children, or Churning Out Widgets?

“Human beings used to be …” he hesitated; the blood rushed to his cheeks. “Well, they used to be viviparous.” Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World describes a future society where children are “decanted,” not born, and the concept of “father” and “mother” are unpleasant historical facts best forgotten. It may be easy to write this…

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The (Hand)Writing on the Wall

There’s an old saying that “the pen is mightier than the sword.”  Our present environment of texting, Siri, and keyboards may very well soon make this phrase an anachronism.  Who uses a pen anymore (or a sword, for that matter)?  As we move further down the path of ubiquitous electronic technology, the use of and…

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The Father’s Land

We all woke up this morning in comfortable beds, had a good breakfast, got into incredible works of transportational technology, and began our day.  In addition, when our children came to school today, they most likely began the day with a prayer and reading of Scripture.  At some point, they probably sang a hymn.  As…

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Speaking Up

Having taught at Cary Christian School for fourteen years, I have had the pleasure of teaching, at one point or another, almost every graduate of CCS.  As the number of alumni increases each year, and as I get to see them return for homecoming games, breaks and weekends, I love to hear their stories of…

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A Garden of Children

The term “kindergarten” is a German word meaning “children’s garden” in reference to Friedrich Frobel’s philosophy of early childhood education. Frobel coined the term in 1840 to describe his methods, stating, “How does the gardener treat his plants? He studies their individual natures, and puts them into such circumstances of soil and atmosphere as to…

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2014 Valedictory Address

One of the highlights of every CCS graduation is the valedictorian’s and salutatorian’s speeches. This year our salutatorian was Polly Payne and our valedictorian was Lee Dickinson. These two students exemplify the kind of young men and women that a classical Christian education strives to cultivate. Seniors, today is the day. Today is the day when we…

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CCS Biology Labs Are Glowing!

Many high school students read about bacterial transformation in their biology textbooks, but most do not get a chance to actually make bacteria transform. That type of lab work is typically reserved for a university level microbiology course. However, sophomore biology students at CCS recently did just that. So, what is bacterial transformation and why…

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