Category: Education

SPOTLIGHT: Pastor Randy Blan’s Vision for Reclaiming Education

Written by Jenna Smith

While most Illinois schoolchildren are currently enjoying Christmas break, David Smith and Monte Larrick are exploring a viable alternative to government schools. This week on Spotlight, Pastor Randy Blan of Families of Faith Church in Channahon, Illinois joins David and Monte to discuss the school he and his church started in 2005 – Families of Faith Christian Academy. Pastor Blan begins by addressing Common Core, the alienation of parents in the educational process, and the recent emergence of significant learning gaps in Illinois students.… Continue Reading

Schoolchildren’s Lives Have Been Upended. Any Lessons Learned?

Written by Daniel Horowitz

It is now an incontrovertible fact that closing or opening schools had zero bearing on the course of the pandemic or the safety of children who were never at an elevated risk from this pandemic. It’s clear from schools reopening during the worst Delta wave with no extra repercussions that all of the academic, mental health, physical health, and behavior development problems we foisted upon the children were absolutely senseless. This, despite the fact that so many of us knew this for months on end, but our cries fell on deaf ears.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Star Parker on God, Congress, Clergy and Government Schools

Written by David E. Smith

On our podcast this week, Monte Larrick talks with Star Parker, one of the premier conservative Black leaders of our day. Ms. Parker is the founder and president of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education), a policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For the past twenty-five years, she has prioritized the truth of God’s Word in an effort to heal urban areas, end government dependencies in our nation’s most distressed communities, and educate and empower pastors to help rebuild lives.… Continue Reading

Parental Educational Rights and Religious Liberty: The Yoder Case Revisited

Written by Dr. John A. Sparks

Throughout the country, parents are concerned that some public schoolboards, administrators, and associations hold them in disdain and fear their input when they raise legitimate questions about the direction of their local schools. Just short of 50 years ago (1972), the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that protects parents in the educational choices they make for their children—Wisconsin v. Yoder. Revisiting Yoder nearly a half-century later is more than a historical exercise. … Continue Reading

Time to Fight For Your Kids; Their Souls Are in the Balance

Written by Dr. Everett Piper

If you feel as if you are watching the intentional destruction of your culture and your kids, you’re right. It’s not just a bad dream. It is real. It’s planned. It’s targeted. It’s relentless. And it is being carried out in your own back yard in your own public schools.

It doesn’t matter where you live. Whether it be in the crazy land of Gavin Newsom or the bumbling buffoonery of the Beltway, you now reside in Oceania, and your children are Winston.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Pastor Courtney Lewis: A Voice of Truth

Written by Jenna Smith

This week on Spotlight, Pastor Ceasar LeFlore, field director for IFI’s Public School Exit Initiative and resident chaplain, interviews Courtney Lewis, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, located in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago.

Pastor Lewis recounts the stand his church took against the pandemic shutdowns initiated by Mayor Lightfoot and he shares how the Lord called him to open Cornerstone Christian Academy to rescue his children and the children in his church from government-run schools.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: The Brave New World of Sex Education

Written by Jenna Smith

In regard to presenting students with the best alternative to the radical comprehensive sex education taught in government schools, Scott Phelps, Executive Director of Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership states, “When we maintain a very clear and distinct message from all the noise that they’re hearing in the culture, the message really pops; it stands out and they’re able to hear it and see it very clearly.”

On this edition of Spotlight, Monte Larrick and Phelps compare government schools’ comprehensive sex ed that normalizes and encourages sexual activity and unhealthy behavior to Abstinence & Marriage Education Partnership’s reasoned and positive approach to sex ed that emphasizes the many benefits of abstinence until marriage.… Continue Reading

The Explosive Growth of Homeschooling

Written by Emily Burke

Parents are taking their children’s education into their own hands in record numbers after a disastrously tumultuous school year.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s experimental Household Pulse Survey, which is an online survey recording social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrates a dramatic shift towards homeschooling within the past year and a half. The survey included roughly 22–23 million American households spanning from the spring of 2020 to the fall of 2021.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Government Schools Were Designed To Fail (Pt. 2)

Written by Jenna Smith

Welcome back to Spotlight for part two of excerpted remarks from Alex Newman’s presentation at the 2021 IFI Worldview Conference! This week Newman details the the history of America’s progression from home-based, faith-based education to government school indoctrination. He also discusses the failures of the Whole Word Method and Common Core, and explains why the current push for a global education system has very little to do with academic excellence or achievement.… Continue Reading

Tyranny in Disguise: Critical Race Theory in America’s Schools is a Threat to Religious Liberty

Written by Jorge Gomez  & Leo Schlueter

Leftist activists are going into overdrive to indoctrinate young minds and infiltrate America’s schools with their “woke” political ideology.

Headlines today are replete with examples of school districts shaping their curricula around Critical Race Theory (CRT)—a dangerous academic concept that teaches that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in our country’s legal systems and policies.

Parents have responded by showing up en masse at local school board meetings, expressing not just slight disapproval of CRT, but strongly repudiating it being taught in the classroom.… Continue Reading