Whose Children Are They?

Last year, MSNBC host and Tulane University political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry sparked a controversy when she remarked, “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”  Clarifying her comments a few days later,…

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2013 Valedictory Address: "The Impact of Encouragement"

For today’s post, we feature the text of our 2013 Valedictorian speech, written and delivered by Ben Hoover. Ben’s words faithfully express the kind of eloquence and spiritual maturity we try to cultivate in our students at Cary Christian School. I never, not for one second, thought I could be standing here as valedictorian of…

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Begin with the End in Mind

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey wrote that anyone who wants to succeed in an endeavor must “begin with the end in mind.”  What then should be the ultimate end, or goal, of education?  Today, the answer to this question is far from self-evident, but it is as consequential as ever. Theologian…

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Christian Schooling and Sports

It has become commonplace and expected that schools that are worth their salt field some sort of athletics program.  The reasoning for the inclusion of sports in the life of a school generally revolves around health and fitness, character development, and the like.  This is all well and good, but are these good enough reasons…

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Jingles, Songs, and Chants

While strolling down the K-2 hallway, you may hear singing or chanting, usually with lots of motion and very enthusiastic voices! Why are the students doing this?  Shouldn’t learning be quiet so the students can listen to the teacher’s every captivating word? According to the Trivium, listening in the Grammar Stage may not be the…

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2012 Valedictory Address

This post features our 2012 valedictorian, Maggie Miller. The following is the speech she delivered at CCS’s graduation.  When I started writing my speech, I began to write across the top, “Valedictorian Speech,” and realized that I couldn’t spell “Valedictorian.” Not the most promising start. So, I’m not the best public speaker, and I obviously can’t…

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Active Reading: How We Actively Read (Part 2 of 2)

Reading actively requires some work on your part. It requires you to be alert and, if not well-rested, at least well-fed! To read actively means that you, the reader, are actively engaging with another human being, with voices from the past. Many of the words and even ideas in the books we read will be…

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Active Reading: Why We Actively Read (Part 1 of 2)

God approaches His people through story. Redemptive history is story unfolding and in the making. It is no wonder, then, why Jesus taught through story as well. Jesus’ words resonate through the Gospels as He unpacks the Kingdom of God through parable. And how many people missed these parables? How many did not understand Jesus’…

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