Following on from the Royale Ormsby Martin Lecture entitled 'Teaching for Humanity' in 2016, we invited Dr Mark Stephens to address an Agora forum on the topic of ‘The Integrity of Commitment: Formation not Inoculation’.
The two talks have a great deal of synergy as we continue to consider the impact of secularism and our endeavour to present Christ in our Schools. It is no surprise to say that Western culture has substantially altered its relationship to religion. This has impacted the way education is framed and it has had a peculiar impact on faith-based schools. The greatest impact has been the shift in the way people think and the questions that are asked of, or about faith.
The concept of faith impacting on work has been in the news lately, with Scott Morrison’s faith being seen as a threat to democracy.
Well-known atheist Jane Caro tweeted that “Theocracies are terrifying, particularly for women and anyone who is different in any way. They are never democratic because they favour one group above all others - those who worship the ‘right’ god.”
This is an excerpt from the book 'Workship: How to Use your Work to Worship God' by Kara Martin.
I have two adult children. Jaslyn is 21, and Guy is 19. Right from the moment they were born I realised that I had to be careful in the way I thought about them. They are not my children, they are a gift from God.
God has given me stewardship over them for as long as I live. They are a beautiful and treasured gift, but I try and make sure I hold them lightly.
This is part one of a two-part series.
The Anglican Schools Australia Conference held in Sydney in August had as its theme ‘Deep Peace’. One of the recurring messages was the need for better listening and communication when discussing conflicting ideas. Dr Michael Spence AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney spoke on the topic of ‘Listening well’, and Dr Natasha Moore, Research Fellow for the Centre for Public Christianity spoke on ‘Forming students that can love and disagree’. This was also a topic addressed by Dr Donald Guthrie at the Anglican EdComm Christians in Teaching Conference held in May.
On Saturday May 5, 2018, Anglican EdComm welcomed Dr Donald Guthrie of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago to deliver the keynote addresses at the Christians in Teaching Conference which focused on ‘Resilient Teaching’. Below are the video recordings of the third and fourth sessions of the conference. You can find the accompanying slide deck and notes used to guide these sessions below.
Q: What do schools and coaching have in common?
John Campbell proposes that education and coaching ‘share a common purpose: helping people to learn, grow and develop’ (Campbell and van Nieuwerburgh, 2018, p.3).
Student learning and development is the core business of school education. Learning however, is rarely talked about in isolation from teaching, which makes the role of the teacher critical in student learning. Coaching that focuses primarily on improving teacher practice or leadership practice may also improve student learning.
This is part two of a two-part series.
As educators it is vital that we look at ways to work in our communities so that genuine partnership builds capacity for effective parental engagement, connecting learning at school, in the home, and in the community. Increasing parent engagement may be an ideal place for schools and community services to collaborate. While schools are pedagogy experts, community service agencies are experts in engaging all families but particularly those that are vulnerable.
On Saturday May 5, 2018, Anglican EdComm welcomed Dr Donald Guthrie of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago to deliver the keynote addresses at the Christians in Teaching Conference which focused on ‘Resilient Teaching’. This video, is the recording of the second session at the conference and the accompanying set of notes that were used to guide this session can be found below.
Christian history is full of violence, corruption, and oppression. So, would we be better off without Christianity? Does religion poison everything? The history of the church offers plenty of ammunition to its critics. Crusades, inquisitions, witch hunts, the oppression of women ...
This article is part one of a two-part series.
‘The way schools care about children is reflected in the way schools care about the children’s families. If educators view children simply as students, they are likely to see the family as separate from the school. That is, the family is expected to do its job and leave the education of children to the schools. If educators view students as children, they are likely to see both the family and the community as partners with the school in children’s education and development’ (Epstein, 2009).