Halloween misinformation abounds, confuses

The traditions of Halloween, so called because it is the evening before the Principal Feast of All Hallows (more commonly known as All Saints’ Day), are usually seen at best as a blend of Celtic and Roman mythology, and at worst as thinly veiled (and hence dangerous) Satanic rituals. The Internet teems with websites on […]

School counselors and accountability

The mission of schools has become very clear with No Child Left Behind, standards-based reform measures and school improvement initiatives. It’s all about accountability. School counselors, however, have not always been included as an integral part of standards-based reform measures. Why have school counselors been excluded from the mission of the school? One reason is […]

Can Christians support Buddhist monks?

Cultures are colliding at an unparalleled rate. As the globe continues to shrink via media, Internet and other communications, there is increased awareness of similarities and differences between groups of people. This new understanding can lead to fresh questions, particularly with regard to theology. As a follower of Christ I have witnessed the recent atrocities […]

Why doesn’t my child like to read?

You did everything to help your child develop a love of reading. You purchased manuals. You began reading to your baby the day you came home from the hospital. Your child teethed on plastic versions of The Runaway Bunny and Brown Bear. You were determined to have a child who loved to read! What happened? […]

The truth about Harry Potter: the message is biblical

Since the first Harry Potter book was published in 1997, Christian parents have been deeply concerned about their children enjoying stories of witches and wizards. But the final scenes of the last installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, demonstrate the many biblical principles that these books contain. The series […]

Many worked to give us a Labor Day holiday

Above my desk at work I have a historic photo of a sign that reads, “If you don’t come to work on Sunday, don’t come to work Monday.” People often stop to puzzle over it; its meaning is not immediately apparent in our twenty-first century work atmosphere. It is part of the nearly unknown history […]

Protecting our children needs to start early

Early each morning, before the school bell rings, thousands of children release large amounts of kinetic energy on playgrounds across the Central Valley. Students stream through the gates to run, jump and fly around in groups of two, three and four. The air is filled with laughter and shrieking. Yet, off to the side, just […]

Civility must triumph over cynicism

When I think about the future of the San Joaquin Valley, the list of things I worry about does not start with declining test scores in our schools or the challenges confronting the districts facing program improvement. Nor does it begin with the quality of the air we breathe, the availability of water for our […]