We all get an inordinate amount of emails daily. They stack up and we do our best to answer personally and professionally. If you are like me, your inbox often fills with plenty of junk and professional industry information too. Recently, I had the time to look through some of the educational emails I receive that highlight the latest trends and high points for independent schools and students. I would like to share some of the ones that I found helpful with hopes they can bring a level of value to you as a parent and patron.
By now, our 6th-12th grade students and parents have adjusted to our Wednesday late start schedule. One of our major goals in pursuing this late start schedule, was to carve out some much needed time for professional development for our teachers. I am excited to include specific Biblical worldview training during these morning sessions as well. Did you know there is an added benefit as well? This article, written from a public school perspective, challenges the need for later start days in California so students can be more successful. You can read it here.
Part of the call for a later school start goes back to our students needing more rest. The next article I thought was interesting shares six ways that screen time has negatively affected our kids and it also offers some suggestions for how we can redirect. Maybe our friends in California (see first article) won’t need to start every day later if they’ll turn their phones off and go to bed earlier! That’s probably advice we can all listen to as well. You can read it here.
Were you able to attend Hartfield’s parenting seminar last April on the dangers of opioids and vaping awareness? If not, this is an insightful article on what’s going on with vaping and young people in our country. According to one study, marijuana and vaping are now more common with teens than cigarettes, with 1 in 3 seniors in the U.S. sharing they have used a vape in the past 12 months. Thankfully, we were able to share this message with our upper school students last spring. You can read more here.
We all say we want our kids to be resilient and independent, but are we helping them to fulfill that? God’s calling for us as parents is to raise them up and ultimately release them to make a difference in the community and world around us. Here are some practical steps to help our kids take those steps toward becoming the person God intends for them to be. Read the full article here.
Lastly, this article from a leader in Christian education points us directly to Scripture when it comes to gender confusion and how it should be taught in schools. We teach our children that God created them as either being male or female. It’s critical that the schooling they receive teaches these same truths from the earliest of ages to adulthood. Read more about this topic here.
There are more resources available than we, as parents and educators, have time to go through. But reading articles like these is one way I stay informed, challenged, and aware. I share them with you out of a desire to continue to build our community, support our Hartfield families, and partner with you as we guide students towards following the Lord and making a difference in HIS kingdom. Thank you for letting us share this task with you!