Surveying our future

Voices | Today’s teens appear frightfully ignorant of America’s founding principles
by Joel Belz
Posted 9/27/17, 04:56 pm

Next time you think things have gotten intolerably bad, and that the world is headed for hell in a handbasket, just think what things might be like if all decision-making were handed to today’s teenagers—the relatively young adults who a decade or two from now, whether you like it or not, will indeed be in the driver’s seat.

Two issues prompted me to worry along those lines.

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Supervised schooling

Education | Faith-based therapeutic boarding schools offer hope to troubled teens, but parents should not trust just any program
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/17/17, 10:02 am

HALLSVILLE, Texas—No sign marks the entrance to Heartlight Ministries, set off a two-lane highway in East Texas. Its dozen or so log cabin buildings are nestled among tall pine trees, hidden in deep pools of shade. No gate blocks its entrance; no fence warns visitors to stay away. Drivers who turn onto its curved road by accident might mistake it for a bucolic resort.

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Classical conflict

Education | Will classical public charter schools lure Christian parents away from schools that acknowledge Christ as the center of all things?
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/21/16, 04:29 pm

KATY, Texas—As she walked the halls of Aristoi Classical Academy on a recent October afternoon, headmaster Brenda Davidson greeted most of the students by name. She wound her way around classes meeting on the floor of the Alief Baptist Church gym, the students separated by temporary partitions that blocked the view but not the sound of the next-door lessons. In one history classroom, middle schoolers proudly displayed elaborate models of iconic American buildings: the White House, Monticello, the Washington Monument.

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