Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes about the ongoing problems found in today’s educational system – http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16140145.
He points out that American schools are “weak as water” on the discipline front, largely due to a lack of parental involvement in properly disciplining their children.
Until we get back to making application of biblical principles regarding the disciplining of our children (see Proverbs), the educational system in America will not improve, but will only become more inept.
I’m almost through reading J. Randal Matheny’s good little book, titled Choose. Here are a couple of quotes lifted from his poignant pen.
“We need knowledge, not schooling” (p. 104).
“Choose education as the key to the good life, and you’ll wind up with a soul as dusty and mildewed as your books” (p. 85).
The above title was one of the headlines on the El Paso Times opinion page this morning: http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_15444201
It’s sad that a newspaper wants to promote another avenue towards immorality (we’ve already got the Texas Lottery).
It makes one wonder if these folks actually think about what they are promoting. Do they actually believe that it’s a good means towards public education?:
Quote: “Summer is a good time for Texas lawmakers to review legalized gambling options for the better funding of public education.”
This morning, I thought I would share another one of Ramnath Subramanian’s articles with the fellows. Ramnath is a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso who submits an article each Thursday for the El Paso Times on educational topics.
As he points out in this article, we need to teach our children the power of creative writing, and the ability to communicate, not only with words, but adding color and imagination to those words:
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso who writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics, emphasizes an important need of our society in his most recent article – discipline.
His ending remark says it all: “It is time to put our fiddles away, and reclaim America.”
To that remark, I say, “Amen” and “Amen.”
I know this is off the subject of the day, but since I work in the educational establishment, I thought I’d share the following comments made by Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School here in El Paso.
He’s pretty well nailed down the problem of our present educational system, designed to “dumb-down” our children in order keep them under the “thumb” of “Big Brother.”
George Orwell wasn’t too far off in his predictions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four
One other observation: This “dumbing down” of our society will have a major impact on the future of the Lord’s church – in fact, it’s already having a major impact. We have more members today who are virtually ignorant of the Scriptures, than we’ve seen in the past 50 years. If we don’t start teaching and preaching from the Book, this trend will continue to grow.
Something to seriously think about!
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)
Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics every Thursday.
He provides us some wise words of exhortation as to what to teach our children during the upcoming New Year.
Ramnath Subramanian: Our World Could Use More Virtue, Less Waste
In his article, he emphasizes the wasteful mindset that exists in our educational establishment as well as in our country. In his native country, India, waste was virtually unheard of – everything that could be used was used.
Mark and Mike have posted on distance learning and the Internet. OVU hosts an expert speaker Jan. 7 who will address, among other things, how web technology is revolutionizing education. Ought to be an interesting presentation. One wonders if the audio or video will be made available.
In answer to mtmcvb’s question regarding preaching schools and other religious institutions going to other teaching formats because of economic cutbacks, my answer would be a definite “Yes.”
If the information on the two following websites are correct, distance learning, and other teaching formats, is the wave of the future because of economic cutbacks in education. They also list several benefits of distance learning over the old “brick and mortar” education system.
1) Gatlin Education Services
“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
–Benjamin Rush, On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806
The Cybercast News Service reports:
An independent task force assembled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue recommendations on the best way to teach teens how to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases has reported that “comprehensive risk reduction” programs are more effective than abstinence programs, even though the CDC will not release the data the task force used to reach its conclusion.
Supporters of comprehensive sex education in public schools have a greater agenda of sexual liberation, which is manifested in a host of aberrant lifestyles. When sexual barriers fall, society begins to crumble as a study of history will discover.
Parents need to be teaching their children about sex education so these young people will be prepared. God invented sex and completely supports it within the confines of marriage (Hebrews 13:4). When Christian parents fail to teach their children to be sexually pure and healthy, they do them a dangerous disservice and can bring great harm to the family for generations.
People criticize Abstinence Education in schools because they fail to understand the bigger picture that is required for it to be successful. When Abstinence is taught and young people have sex anyway, it is seen as evidence of the inherent futility of the program. Yet, if they would understand that Abstinence Education does not happen in a vacuum and that there are many complications that occur, they will be less critical of abstinence and more so of society, as a whole. It will work if we will live righteously as a nation.