1st grade celebrated Thanksgiving with their Thanksgiving Feast while 5th grade had their yearly Colonial Day. Great costumes, great food, great teachers, and great students!
A good word from pastor and author Paul David Tripp:
It’s the one biblical truth that no one believes. In fact, I would go as far as saying that it’s a street-level theological heresy that we’re comfortable to live with as Christians.
“It’s not my fault.”
If you ask the little girl why she hit her brother, she won’t tell you it was because of the sin that’s in her heart. No, she’ll say, “He was bothering me.”
If you ask the teenager why he came in to work so late, he won’t willingly take responsibility. No, he’ll tell you a long story of how there was an accident on the freeway, then a long train he had to wait for, then a water main break that flooded the street he normally drives on.
If you ask the father why he’s so angry all the time, he won’t tell you it’s because of the selfishness and impatience in his heart. No, he’ll blame his kids, or his wife, or his boss; they just make him so angry.
If you ask the single woman why she’s so moody and discontent, she won’t say it’s because of the jealousy and envy that resides in her heart. She’ll point to all the ways that life has been hard and how her friends don’t deserve the good things in life they’ve received.
If you ask the old man why he’s so grumpy and nasty with his words, he won’t tell you it’s because of the bitterness that has captured his heart for decades. No, he’ll talk about all the times in his life when he didn’t get what he knew he deserved.
Now, of course, life in a fallen world is hard. There are terribly evil and seemingly unfair things that happen to us, in little moments and in big. But, our biggest problem in life does not exist outside of us; it exists within.
Jesus devastated this self-atoning perspective on human behavior in the Sermon on the Mount: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder’ […] But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment […] You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28)
Sin is a matter of the heart before it’s ever an issue of behavior. Sin is a matter of what lurks in us before it’s ever an issue of what happens to us. It’s the evil inside me that connects me to the evil outside me. So we must confess again today that we are our biggest and greatest problem in life.
You and I don’t so much need to be rescued from difficult people, tempting locations and stressful situations. No, we need to be rescued from ourselves. We can alter our circumstances, but we have no ability to purge ourselves from the destructive patterns of sin and selfishness that are in our hearts.
Today, even though life will be hard and people will press your buttons, don’t say, “It’s not my fault.” Instead, pray like David: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
Congratulations to the sophomores inducted into the Regents Academy chapter of the National Honor Society:
(left to right) Lindley Bryant, Isaiah Bertke, Grace DeKerlegand, Jake Hill, and Avery Griner.
“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15:33).
The 8th graders celebrated reading Beowulf with Viking Day — costumes, a feast, and a blazing hearth (on the TV).
Congratulations to the undefeated Regents Academy junior high soccer team, who won the 2015 Christian Schools Athletic Conference tournament on October 15. Pictured below is the team with head coach Michael Hebert and assistant coach Lance Vermillion. Great job!
Congratulations to Regents Academy senior Kyla Alders. Kyla has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Today in morning assembly I had the pleasure of presenting Kyla with a Letter of Commendation from Regents Academy and from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition and took the PSAT during their junior year.
For her teachers, her parents and family, and for all those who know Kyla, this honor is certainly no surprise.
Congratulations again, Kyla, and may God bless you!
Pictured below is Kyla with her parents, David and Nicole Alders.
A friend passed on to me a fantastic article written recently by Marvin Olasky, editor of WORLD magazine. Our vision at Regents Academy lines up wonderfully with what Mr. Olasky shares.
E = R3WCG
By Marvin Olasky
E=mc2 is a simple equation compared to the mystery of what goes into good education. But I’ll take a shot at proposing an education equation.
(1) Start with the three Rs, reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic.
(2) Move quickly to the opening line of a great John Newton hymn repopularized by Jars of Clay: “Let us love and sing and wonder.” If children don’t develop a sense of wonder about this astounding, God-created world, they’ll miss a lifetime of excitement. Music, art, history, science, foreign languages, and more should all make school wonder-full.
Our new testing regime doesn’t leave much time for wonder, and educators pay attention to the W only if they answer accurately a basic question: Who are my students? Are they animals with above-average intelligence (compared to horses and caterpillars, but maybe not dolphins)? Are they low-grade computers with below-average memory and above-average weight (compared to a MacBook Air)? Or are they human beings created in the image of a God of wonder?
(3) Add a C for specifically Christian education, for only in Christ do all things hold together. If students don’t understand that God created us, they are likely to become practical atheists. If they don’t understand that God gives history meaning, they are likely to become nihilists. Schools cannot give kids faith in Christ—only God can—but they can help students recognize their need, yearn for meaning, and not be content with wasting their lives.
Please do take Christian education seriously: No other work is more important.
If teachers want to be educators rather than prison wardens, it’s vital for them to think Christianly about their students. If they see students as bucking broncos, they’ll think the job of schools is to break them. If they see students as fleshly computers, they’ll want to perform an information dump. But if they understand that students are God’s children and have souls that never die, they’ll understand that just teaching to the test fails the biggest tests.
(4) The G is for the four-letter word that more than any other determines educational and occupational success: grit. University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth developed a “grit scale” and found that undergraduates with determination were more likely to obtain high grades than those with higher SAT scores but less grit. The grittiest West Point students she tracked did better in cadet training than those who scored higher on traditional aptitude tests.
Part of grit involves fighting the desire for immediate gratification, an impulse measurable at age 4 via the marshmallow test, which starts with a small child in a room with a marshmallow and an adult. The adult tells the child he’s leaving the room to run a short errand. During that time the child is free to eat the marshmallow—but if he waits until the adult comes back, he can then eat not only that marshmallow but a second one as well.
Children’s ability to wait for gratification varies enormously. When Stanford psychology professor Walter Mischel, inventor of the test, looked in on those 4-year-olds a decade later, he found the impatient eaters had “lower SAT scores, higher body mass indexes, problems with drugs and trouble paying attention. … The seconds of time preschool children were willing to delay for a preferred outcome predicted their cognitive and social competence and coping as adolescents.”
Another study showed self-discipline to be twice as important as IQ in predicting grades of eighth-grade students. One large study, which traced about 1,000 New Zealanders from childhood through age 32, similarly found that those with less childhood impulse-control were more likely to be alcoholics or drug abusers, overweight or unhealthy—and were more than three times as likely to have been convicted of a crime. So, schools along with teaching the three Rs, W, and C need to do all they can to develop G for grit.
So, that’s my formula: E=R3WCG three Rs times Wonder times Christian understanding times Grit. We need all of those elements: A Christian school that has chapel yet doesn’t encourage wonder and grit among its students is wasting money and lives. But don’t take school formulas too seriously: Kids are individuals and flexibility is important. Please do take Christian education seriously: No other work is more important. May God bless all those who make large sacrifices to bless other parents and children.
Some wonderfully incisive thoughts from our school chaplain, Pastor Randy Booth:
What is the Proper Goal of Education?
Is the proper goal of education to insure a good job and income for adult life, or, is man’s chief end to glorify God and enjoy Him forever? “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and loose his own soul?”
The child is created in the image of God. To remove this central fact from the child’s education is to pervert the God-given intent of education. The goal of moral education (and all education is to be moral) is to teach the child to distinguish that which is genuinely good from evil?that which is true from false?on God’s terms. Fallen men seek to do this one their own terms, even as Adam and Eve did in the Garden. Hebrews 5:14 tells us that only those who have had their sense “trained in the word of righteousness can discern good and evil.”
How can an education that is based partly on the assumption that the child is created in the image of God and partly on the assumption that the child is but an animal, possibly produce a unified life? This can only lead to a divided life and confusion! This is strongly condemned by our Lord in Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters.” The most fundamental truth?that the child is the image-bearer of God?cannot be ignored or diluted except at a devastating cost.