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Archives - October 2015

Follow-Up Thoughts from our Recent Parent Meetings

October 15, 2015
By John Morrison

We are greatly encouraged with the feedback we are receiving from many of those in attendance at the parent meetings held on both campuses on Monday, October 12.  Both meetings served as community-building events.  Our primary teachers did a great job facilitating a time of learning about the core curriculum and classroom routines, sharing homework tips, and praying together. We trust that preschool through grade 3 parents became better acquainted with each other and their child’s teacher in these individual grade-level meetings.

Our grade 4 - 12 families were challenged with a presentation by Brian Fitzgerald, Michele Comer, and Larry Barrett on the topic “Facing and Engaging Issues of Identity and Sexuality in a Broken World.”  I want to publicly thank these three for investing their time and effort in preparing and sharing an excellent presentation.  Indeed, our children and youth are being pounded with a cultural message filled with “bad ideas” about their self-identity, as Mr. Fitzgerald stated.  We must ensure that we give them the right foundational message as grounded in our Christian worldview.

For those of us whose children are now grown, I think we have a unique perspective in recognizing that parenting has become ever more challenging than even just thirty years ago. It was emphasized in the meeting that this is a more crucial time than ever to build strong and open relationships with our children in order to navigate these cultural challenges together.   While Monday’s presentation was not primarily about technology, we were starkly reminded how cyberspace, accessed now through so many different devices, represents a minefield of potentially harmful influences.  As one of the speakers indicated, pornography and other undesirable influences are now aggressively seeking out our children in the digital world.  Both Mr. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Comer pointed out that the average age of exposure to hard core pornography is 9.  Both sad and alarming!

After our main presentation, one of our parents, Mr. Chris Brown, shared many of the cyber-security issues that are plaguing our everyday use of the Internet.  Identity theft is becoming increasingly common.  We received such good feedback from Mr. Brown’s brief talk that we would like to invite him to share a more extensive presentation with us at some point in the future.

I have been involved at GCS now for 35 years.  In the context of a rapidly deteriorating culture,  I have never been any more deeply impressed with our need to provide our children with a Christ-centered education.  And we must do so in the context of working hard to build not only an outstanding educational program, but also a strong covenant community consisting of parents, the local church, and the school!

Let’s take the advice from all three speakers Monday night to “pray without ceasing” for our children and this school covenant community.   May we have God’s special anointing together in impacting our children for the cause of Christ!

P.S. If you were unable to attend the grade 4 - 12 parent meeting, we will be happy to supply you  a copy of the resource notebook handed to all who attended.  Just give us a call to request it.  You can also access this resource via our website under “GCS Community, Parent Resources” tabs.

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The Times "They Are A'Changin"

October 09, 2015
By John Morrison

For over thirty-five years, I have been a passionate advocate for providing the children of our Christian families with a Christ-centered education through what are the most formative years of their lives.  As many researchers have concluded, the fundamental values that an individual will hold through his or her adult years are largely in place by adolescence.  And the high school years serve to put the capstone on what has been sown into their lives in these earlier developmental stages.

At times, I feel like a “broken-record” in repeating this theme.

Yet, never has such an education been more critical than now.  Many are awakening to the indisputable fact that our culture is in a moral free-fall.  This past summer's Supreme Court decision legitimizing gay "marriage" is something few would have predicted just ten years ago, when a growing number of states were approving constitutional amendments intending to safeguard traditional marriage.  But all of this changed in a remarkably short time.

A number of Christian observers in Canada and Australia, where the slide into "post-Christian" societies began much earlier, have suggested that the only difference between their countries and America is the rapid pace with which change is taking place in the U. S.  And that rapid slide is characterized by a militant secularism becoming the majority perspective of our society at the expense of our Judeo-Christian traditions.

While a growing number of  believers are awakening to the extent of social change, many still seem oblivious to the devastating impact that secular education has had upon our nation.  Joel Belz observed years ago in a World Magazine editorial: “The fact is that most evangelical Christians leave the primary task of teaching their children not to their churches but to the secularist state” (World Magazine; “Leaving the Back Door Open,” June 2005).  Indeed, we have been slow to recognize that an aggresively secular education over a period of twelve plus years has often seemingly trumped the influence of parents and the church.

My basic conclusion is simply this: we as Christian parents and leaders must be no less than radical in our efforts to provide our children with a solidly Christian education that is reinforced in home, church, and school.  By radical, I mean "sold out" to ensuring that our children are immersed in the Christian worldview.  If we are not radically committed to such an education, secularism will be more than ready to aggressively fill the void with our children.

We know that Christian education in the form of the Christian school has plenty of warts and wrinkles. So we just have to work that much harder to make our schools the best they can be.

And we know that equipping our children and youth to stand for Christ is far more than merely giving them a "Christian education."  Relationship with caring, mentoring adults -- primarily their parents -- where the students know they are loved and affirmed, is an essential part of the child's developmental years.  This is why we need to pull out all the stops at home, church and school in fulfilling the Great Commission with our own children.  Can there be a higher priority when it comes to these precious ones?

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