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New Books for Children With Character Development

New discovery for me and for many people I hear from: a set of better books, all with themes that develop character for children: Carl Sommer at Advance Publishing.

Not long ago, in a group of women one said, “I have been looking everywhere.. and I just can’t find good books for my grandchildren.” Everyone nodded. Yes, I knew that for 40 years stories with morals were not welcomed in the publishing industry. Then I received, as a gift for joining the Christian Educators Association International, a book entitled Character Under Attack.It was Carl Sommer’s book, telling how he had faced this and overcome it by starting his own publishing house.

I went to see him. He gave me an interview. I bought books! They are high quality, well bound — and on discount. Listen to the interview! IN it he offers our listeners a 25% discount for typing in the promo code “great.” Only through September 2017. You may also find some library bound books still on close-out. This would be a great find for preschools! Hurry; those may be gone already. And you will find that if you buy over $50.00, you get free shipping.

Check out www.advancepublishing.com.

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What Made America Great in the First Place

What did make America great? From a mother or an educator’s perspective, one could say the New England Primer. This book not only taught children how to read, it also taught them how to be good citizens. Today we talk about civics. We also have an offer of a modern American audio primer. Please listen. Please share.

GSB Civics 160227.

Here is a link to David Barton’s primer:

If We Are Trailing, Why Don’t We Follow?

Religiously affiliated schools significantly outperform public schools in academic achievement. Researchers suggest that this is because character formation training results in self-application and thus in higher scores. Public schools might take a lesson by instituting character formation lessons.

In his meta-study on existing research, William Jeynes, in his Religion, Education and Academic Success, finds that religious schools outperform not because they have better students, bigger budgets, or even primarily because the families are more affluent. Religious schools and religiously committed students outperform because of greater self-application. He agrees with the common researchers’ explanation that because these schools were designed to form character, they end up with higher academic performance.

Given that this is a robust and longstanding difference and explanation, why is it so unthinkable that public schools might take a lesson? Although today academic conceit denigrates religion, when our nation was young and strong, religious education was the backbone of public education. Witness, for instance, the New England Primer. This basis for our education for more than 100 years, directly aimed at forming character through teaching theology in the ABCs, prayers & hymns, and Bible memory work. While it is unlikely that public schools would soon require scripture memory work, we could certainly begin character formation lessons with an aim to shifting toward self-application and better academic performance.

Two decades ago, Leander ISD, serving outlying areas north and west of Austin, called in the wider community to develop 10 values which they have widely promoted ever since. Their list consists of: honesty, integrity, promise-keeping, law-abidingness/civic duty, respect for others, fairness, pursuit of excellence, and accountability. This diverse, fast-growing district has improved both student behavior and academic outcomes by their commitment to these values. Superintendent Dr. Brett Champion explained that he does not require a particular curriculum but allows his teachers to integrate “The 10 Ethical Principles” creatively. The plan continues to be well received.

Contrary to objections, we do have some consensus in our society. Few openly disagree with honesty, integrity, and fairness. Most of us would like to see more of this kind of character formation taught to children. Experience suggests that it might have a good effect in academic outcome. Since our public schools are trailing so far behind religious private schools, why don’t we follow their lead?

Don’t miss Dr. Champion on character education — tommorrow night!

Dr. Brett Champion, superintendent of a central Texas public school district tells us about progress in character education in a way that the whole community accepts and really makes a difference to students. Please consider this. It is possible to resurrect the godliness in our society, without being sectarian. No one view or religion is preferred when we teach ethical, virtuous behavior to our students. Every one is harmed when we don’t. It is good news that we can. Dr. Champion does not preach, but just shares his district’s progress. Very important. www.wofr.org 6:30p ET.

And blessed Resurrection day to all.