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Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 9-12

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Summer "Assignments"

By Al Iten on May 27, 2020 9:00 PM

I've recently taken on the following activities as "assignments" for myself.  This is in no way an exhaustive list of possible summer activities--you won't find day trips to the pool or beach, family vacations, or cookouts with friends on this list of "summer assignments" (though those may appear on a different list of summer fun!). And these are not necessarily measurable action items that can be checked off of a to-do list upon completion. You may want to practice some of these things once (or several!) times per day, while others may be more sporadic or peppered throughout your week.
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Seeing the Big Picture

By Beth Heisey on Apr 29, 2020 9:00 PM

Amidst all of the difficult and heartbreaking things happening in our world today, there is a new, unique beauty emerging. And I believe there’s something we can all gain from it. I wonder if, perhaps, we will all be able to see the big picture a little more clearly in the future.

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Unexpected Benefits of Distance Learning for High Schoolers

By Worthington Christian School on Apr 14, 2020 9:00 PM

Parents, teachers, and students have had to make significant adjustments to a new normal in recent weeks. We are all feeling these adjustments in various ways: limited our out-of-home movement, restricted in-person social interaction, and endless cancelled activities and plans. And perhaps one of the biggest shifts is working and studying at home.

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Learning Online: A Cheat Sheet for High School Students

By Tom Burns on Mar 31, 2020 9:00 PM

For students and parents trying to navigate changes in school work and instruction delivery, many of us are experiencing a whole new learning curve. Here are some tips to move us all toward success in distance and online learning...

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Learning as Sanctification: Becoming More Like God Through Education

By Troy McIntosh on Mar 10, 2020 9:00 PM

Back when I taught in a classroom, I was fond of telling my students, "Whenever you learn something that is true that you did not know before, you become more like God."

If God's mind is omniscient and He knows everything about everything, then learning is the process of having our minds formed to be more like His. Even a person who rejects God unwittingly reflects the imago Dei that an unbeliever retains when he learns something true. How does that work and what does it mean for education?

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Do You Know What I Meme?

By Christine Reed on Feb 27, 2020 9:00 PM

Human communication has taken on a whole new flavor of creativity as technology continues to increase and expand. Particularly in the realms of social media and texting, people rely on more than just the written word to express themselves. We now have emoticon, emojis, Bitmoji, filters, and more to add a visual component to our words. For my generation (Gen Z), videos, GIFs and memes are part of our native language. As such, it's a good idea for parents to stay up-to-date on the meaning of GIFs and memes popular among teens.

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Gap Year: Waste or Worth It?

By Chad Rosell on Feb 11, 2020 9:00 PM

I may be a glutton for punishment, but I love the Israeli wilderness. It’s one of my favorite places to take people during study tours in the Holy Land. It’s barren, hot, and rocky. It’s what I imagine being on Mars must feel like. Needless to say, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. However, there’s an unseen beauty in the wilderness.

I think of the wilderness as one of God’s favorite classrooms to teach His People. It’s a place He takes them to learn who He is, who they are, and how they should live.

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Financing College: Resources for Parents

By Kim Jenerette on Jan 28, 2020 9:00 PM

For over 25 years, I have presented to audiences at high schools and college fairs. Before I present, I ask a number of questions to better understand my audience. One question I ask is how many folks in attendance have either high school juniors and/or seniors. Invariably, the majority raise their hand and I (somewhat) jokingly respond that for these parents, it is not a financial aid presentation night, but a financial aid “panic” night. While the audience is kind and either smile or chuckle, for the majority this is a fact: families have not adequately planned and saved for college costs.

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Dual Enrollment Courses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Tom Burns on Jan 14, 2020 9:00 PM

According to Forbes magazine publisher and author Rich Karlgaard, our society today is obsessed with early achievement. He suggests that parents and the education system itself push students to take all of the hardest courses, earn the highest grades, achieve the best test scores and gain admission to the most prestigious universities. As an educator and parent of a high school senior with younger children moving into high school, I have witnessed and experienced this reality first-hand.

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2020: What's Your Vision?

By Nancy Secrest on Dec 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Just like every other year, as 2020 is upon us, many are envisioning what this new year will bring. This is often a season of reflection on the last twelve months, as well as a time to set goals for the coming year. 2020 in particular, though, is the beginning of a new decade, inviting us to reflect on the last ten years and calling us to look ahead to the ten years on the horizon. 

As we begin this new decade, it's a unique opportunity to sit down as a family to reflect on the past and dream about the future. 

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High (School) Stakes [Q & A with Forbes publisher, Rich Karlgaard]

By Rich Karlgaard on Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM

I recently published my latest book, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement. Below is a question-and-answer session I did with Psychology Today soon after the book’s release. I’ve edited it exclusively for "Navigating Your Child's Education: Blog for Parents." I am also coming to central Ohio on Thursday, February 13, 2020 to speak to parents on this topic. Click on the picture below for more information.

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More than a Number: Holistic Review in College Admissions

By Tyler Bradshaw on Nov 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Every year, I have hundreds of interactions at college fairs and high school visits with students who approach me with a nervous and apprehensive look. With sadness, they admit that their GPA isn’t as high as they would like it to be, or that they don’t do well on standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. My message to those students is always the same, and it’s the same message I give to you today:

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Youth Sports: To Specialize or Not to Specialize

By Jeff Hartings on Oct 31, 2019 7:00 PM

Over the last two decades, the trend of sport specialization has hit an all-time high in youth athletics. More and more young athletes are specializing: devoting their energy, time, and ability to one singular sport. Many club sports play eleven months out of the year. School sports teams play their season and often spend the remainder of the year in extended workouts, team training camps, and skill-building sessions. In addition to team commitments, it’s not uncommon for individuals to hire private trainers to help them further develop their abilities.

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A Word on Teens and Addiction

By Buzz Inboden on Oct 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Each October, the National Family Partnership (formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth) has a "Red Ribbon Campaign" to raise awareness about drug use amongst teens.

Addictions come in all shapes and sizes.  Some are more sinister than others, cocaine verses chocolate for example.  Some are more acceptable than others, consider addiction to work compared with addiction to pornography.  But all come from being enslaved to the wrong master.  Often we are unaware of the fact that we have been shackled until we try to break loose.

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Ask for the Ancient Paths

By Elizabeth Fields on Oct 3, 2019 7:00 PM

Life. One minute we’re a teenager and the next minute we’re raising one. Don’t you remember being a carefree teen driving our social lives into action with the windows down and the radio up? Mom and dad helped with gas, provided our every meal and did our laundry. Some of us worked because we could, not because we had to. We worked out because we could, not because we had to (ugh). Then off to college where the great big world awaited, exposing us to different perspectives, new pedagogies, opportunities for endless mistakes, and possibly our faith sacrificed on the altar of compromise. Next, we navigated careers, marriage, sleepless nights with babies, toddlers, teens challenging our battered brains, all the while plowing full steam ahead on this journey called life. Extemporaneous challenges can await at each new turn, plowing us right off a cliff if we refuse to process life as it progresses. We’ve seen the wreckage countless times--often tempted to join debauchery’s debris--for none of us are immune.

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Your Teen and Stress

By Nancy Secrest on Sep 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Anxiety is something that affects all ages in our society, but it is especially prevalent in the high school years. While high school has always been marked by increasing independence and preparing for adulthood, they are arguably more challenging now than ever before due to the busyness of our culture, the pressures and prevalence of after-school activities and the often-consuming use of technology.

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The Study Cycle

By David Stoll on Sep 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Mom says: “Why are you watching Stranger Things? Don’t you have any homework?”

Student replies: “Nope.”

How many times has this very conversation played out in your home?

Many students erroneously believe that if homework has not been assigned or is already completed and no quizzes or tests have been scheduled for the next day, then homework doesn’t exist.

Parents, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, there is hardly ever a time during the school year when your student doesn’t have at least something that they should be studying or reviewing.

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Through My Lens: An Example of Christian Sportsmanship

By Brian Bayless on Aug 22, 2019 7:00 PM

I have had the privilege of pacing the sidelines at hundreds of amateur sporting events, beginning in my high school days and continuing over the past 36 years. It has always been a delicate balancing act because in most cases, I usually have a vested interest in the game at hand as a player, a parent, a fan, or as a teacher. But I am also a professional photographer, and I have a job to do covering such games.

During my career as a photographer, I have seen the full gamut of sportsmanship and conduct, from noteworthy to notorious. I have witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly, sometimes even in the same night. But I have one particular experience that lifted my heart, blessed me beyond measure, and exemplified for me the essence and power of Christian sportsmanship.

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Corporate Worship Fuels Discipleship

By Zac Hess on Jul 24, 2019 10:00 AM

My kids were essentially sick for an entire month last winter. I cleaned up more vomit in a month than I have in a lifetime and it’s a miracle that our son didn’t end up in the hospital dehydrated. Throughout the week, my wife Sarah and I shuffled our schedules so that we could take turns being with the kids while the other went to work, but eventually the Sunday morning alarm went off.

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The True Basis of Learning

By Al Iten on Jul 10, 2019 11:09 AM

Education--learning--is not necessarily the pathway to truth.

Paul told Timothy that the men of today would be “always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 3:17). In his letter to the Romans, Paul says that men, in an attempt to prove that they are wise, will suppress the truth and, claiming to be wise, become fools--their minds and hearts darkened (Romans 1:21-22). Even the Pharisees, the religious leaders of Jesus' day, searched the Scriptures, but Jesus told them that they had no idea what the truth was. He stood right in front of them and they didn't comprehend; they had blind minds and blind hearts (Matthew 23:16-17, for example).

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Two Big Mistakes Dads of Teens Can Make and Three Ways to Father Well

By Mike Smith on Jun 25, 2019 11:07 AM

Father. Simple to become. Really hard to be…at least in the fullest and best sense of the word: a critical constituent in the raising (bringing up, rearing, nurturing, looking after, caring for, taking care of, providing for, tending, protecting, cherishing, education and training) of a child.

Topics: Teens Parenting
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A Holistic Approach to Education and Discipleship

By Worthington Christian School on Jun 20, 2019 12:17 PM

So much of our lives and society is compartmentalized and segmented. It’s easy to think, “Worship happens at church; pastors are responsible for biblical teaching and discipleship. Learning about the world happens at school; teachers are responsible for disseminating knowledge. Experiencing relationships happens at home and with friends; parents are responsible for teaching their children about love, grace, and forgiveness.” While these assumptions and responsibilities are in part correct, they do not fully represent how Scripture prescribes our lives.

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Hot Summer Reading List for Teens

By Worthington Christian School on Jun 13, 2019 11:14 AM

While reading a good book might not be at the top of your teen's summer priorities, summer reading is nonetheless important for continued development of literacy skills, expanded vocabulary, creativity cultivation and success in the coming academic year.

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What is the source of knowledge?

By Troy McIntosh on Jun 6, 2019 12:23 PM

Epistemology is a big word that simply describes the currency with which schools operate. A school’s and culture’s epistemology is its theory of knowledge; namely, what knowledge is and how it is acquired. And the truth is, our culture and our schools have been experiencing a significant epistemological crisis that is having tremendous consequences in our schools, our culture, and even our churches.

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How Praising Our Teens Can Hinder Their Spiritual Development

By Al Iten on Jun 6, 2019 9:25 AM

Applause.

Nothing is more insidiously dangerous than the pursuit of the applause of men. Nothing is more temporary, more meaningless than the applause of men.

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'Fighting' for Unity in the Faith in an Age of Division

By Tom Burns on Jun 6, 2019 9:25 AM

A scan of a news feed or glance at today’s headlines quickly reveals one of our society’s most profound issues: division. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is increasing hostility and disunion. We as a nation are increasingly polarized by our gender, race, sexual orientation, political views, socio-economic status, and religious convictions. Sadly, the Church is not immune to society’s divisive, even combative influence.

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