June Digital Specials

We’re starting June off with some great digital titles.

june digital specials

From Father’s Day specials to those seeking more adventure, we’ve got the book for you.

Current:

The Summit - available  for the Kindle, Nook,  iPad and other digital e-readers.

$5.99 through the 9th.

It’s one of the greatest challenges on Earth; an ascent to the top of the world on the slopes of Mount Everest. Eric Alexander experienced grace and a faith-empowering journey he will never forget as part of a record-setting team in May 2001, scaling the heights of Everest with his friend, blind climber Erik Weinhenmayer.

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Facebook Party- HEAV & Master Books

HEAV-30-logoGood evening and thank you for being a part of our co-sponsored Facebook party with the Home Educators Association of Virginia! What a privilege it is to partner with them. Here at NLPGBLOGS.com, you have the opportunity to win some great prizes!

Here are the prizes we’re giving away:
-4 copies of the IndoctriNation book co-edited by Colin Gunn (featured speaker at the HEAV convention)
-1 copy of the IndoctriNation DVD co-directed by Colin Gunn (featured speaker at the HEAV convention)
-1 free registration to the HEAV convention

TO WIN:
-You must comment below, in the comments section, stating WHY you would like to win one of these prizes
-Also, please “Like” Master Books on Facebook (if you haven’t already)
-Lastly, let people know we’re having another Facebook Party on Feb. 21 beginning at 8pm CT on the Master Books Facebook page. Let them know, by posting a link to this event on your social media platforms. Many additional opportunities to win!

Winners of this giveaway will be announced Thusday, Feb. 21 at 9am CT here in the comments section. Good luck!

Public Education Discipline: Is it Anti-Christian?

Sarah LaVerdiere is a former public elementary school teacher who became a homeschooling advocate after her very first day of working in the classroom. In October of 2010, she was ultimately forced to resign by her school district due to their “concern that [her] Christian views would influence the students and their parents.”

Sarah contributed Chapter 4 – Discipline Discipleship to the book, Indoctrination: Public Schools & the Decline of Christianity.

Morals based on what?

The word discipline means “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.” In this way, whoever disciplines — or disciples — your child defines the very morals they believe your child should have. Therefore, it is important to take a close look at how public schools discipline, because it reveals how they view the nature of the child and because it is partly by these methods that public schools have been so successful at discipling students away from the values and beliefs of their parents.

Darwinist Behavior?

A new discipline system has been implemented that is based on Darwinist behaviorism — and is diametrically opposed to the truths found in God’s Word. B.F. Skinner’s theory of radical behaviorism (1974) proposed that humans were deterministically controlled by their various responses to external stimuli. Essentially, radical behaviorism asserts that human beings are soulless, input/output
computers with given reactions for various conditions. We are all just robotically climbing up the evolutionary ladder into the future. Without acknowledging the all-knowing God of the Bible – the standard of truth – one cannot account for knowledge, let alone decide if the soul is blank at the time of conception (Prov. 1:7, 9:10).

Consequences?

School systems that matter-of-factly declare that “negative consequences detract from children’s ability to follow the rules” are also drug-free zones and have zero tolerance policies toward violence. So which is it? Isn’t expulsion for violent behavior or selling drugs on campus a negative consequence? To be consistent, PBIS schools would have to overlook this misbehavior and only focus on rewarding those who are not being violent or bringing drugs to school.

Entitlement

I (Sarah) believe the sense of entitlement that PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) instills in children will be a considerable problem for our society as they grow into adults that continue to expect rewards for exhibiting standard moral behavior. The influence of socialism in our country has already produced many individuals who demand that the world provide them with a living, as demonstrated in part by the recent Occupy Wall Street movement. If my generation, which grew up getting trophies even when we came in last place, acts in such a way, what will tomorrow’s high school graduates do after they have grown up under an even more committed behaviorist system? Remember, the Bible tells us that children will not depart from the way they are raised (Prov. 22:6).

Sarah also refers to PBIS as the Anti-Gospel.  I hope she will address that topic for us tonight.

Are you surprised by Sarah’s explanation of the discipleship taking place in the public school system? Or are you nodding your head?
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Dumbing Down in the Public Schools?

 a School System that Pumps Kids up with a False Sense of Self-Worth

 

R.C. Murray is a disabled veteran of the Army Infantry Paratroopers and a former public school teacher. He left his job as a technical writer for a satellite manufacturer to teach high school English, only to be told he could not expect, much less require, his students to  read their literature assignments.

After four years of fighting the public education system and having a stroke then a mini-stroke, Mr. Murray decided he was safer in the airborne infantry, and he left the classroom to return to technical writing. He has since dedicated his life to informing parents about what’s really going on in public schools and exhorting them to seek better alternatives for their children’s education.

Dumbing Them Down by R.C. Murray

below are excerpts from R.C. Murray in Chapter 3 of IndoctriNation: Public Education & the Decline of Christianity.

Holistic Grading

“People typically don’t like it when someone lies to them. Yet allowing a child to believe he has written a wonderful report or essay when his paper is slam full of grammar, word usage, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure errors is the same as telling that child an absolute lie. It gives the child a false sense of self-esteem, and it sets him up for failure down the road.”

“When kids started doing poorly on writing tests, elitists devised a new way to grade these exams, a way that ignores the rules of grammar in favor of the total impression of quality — whatever that’s supposed to mean. Writing skills haven’t improved, but students
now feel better about their writing.”

Learning Disability Labels

“From 1989 to 1996 there was a 50 percent increase in the number of students labeled as having a learning disability — that’s over the course of less than a decade. One should question what might have been the cause of this increase, especially since most of the children
who received these labels were minority children.”

“Students get labeled by being tested, and based on the results of these tests, any special education teacher can make a life-changing decision that the student’s low score is the result of a learning disability. He is then labeled as such and protected from teachers who might try to teach him to learn something. Motivation problems are always ruled out. It is assumed that every child wants to learn.”

“This fallacy and the probability the kid scored low because of missing core knowledge — knowledge that is missing because of multicultural teaching strategies, constant excuses, and the simple fact the child has never been required to learn — leads the evaluators to determine the child is disabled and needs a label that legally allows him to be stupid.”

“Again, I realize that’s a cold way to say it, but I think this ridiculous concern for self-esteem has created a school system that pumps kids up with a false sense of self-worth when, in fact, their academic achievements don’t support their phony pride. Besides, why is pride considered a good thing in the first place? After all, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). Unless we turn around public education very soon, the next proud but academically stupid generation will lead us to our fall.”

“Are you concerned about the academic intelligence of the current generation of publicly educated students? Or have you seen something different than R.C. Murray experienced?”

 

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America’s Trojan Horse: Public Education

America is Troy; Our Public Education System is the Trojan Horse.

Michael J. Metarko holds a degree in commerce and engineering from Drexel University, a certificate in elementary education from Moravian College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilkes University. Heeding God’s conviction, Mr. Metarko resigned his position in 2010 after working for 14 years in public education, the last five of which were as an elementary school principal.

In Chapter One, Metarko explains:

Over the past few years, I have been inspecting the foundations of the public education system. Research, reading, and observation
have proven to me that the foundations of the system are broken. It is crumbling away under my feet, our children’s feet, the family’s feet, the feet of our cities and our nation, under the feet of future generations.

Our education system is such a part of us and of society that we no longer even think to question it. We accept it, work within its boundaries, polish it to look better, and rename it to sound better. Just as the people of Troy welcomed that horse, we have naïvely
welcomed public education into our cities and homes without discernment, willingly accepting the words of “leaders” of the system just as the Trojans unwisely took the Greek captive at his word without questioning if it were a trap, a setup.

America's Trojan Horse: Pubic Education

In opening up that Trojan horse, I was stunned and appalled. I not only realized what the horse was but saw the deceivers’ plans. In a phrase, what I found was indoctrination in an anti-Christian worldview called humanism. My eyes having been opened wide, I realize that we are in a war for the truth, the souls of our children, and the future of our country. The hardest thing for me to accept is that I have been the Trojan soldier listening to the Greek captive and accepting his description of the horse as a gift to society! My sweat, my energies, were tearing down the wall of my city and wheeling this horse inside. By not questioning and inspecting public education deeply enough, I put my family and America’s children right into the archenemy’s hands.

Do see public education in the same way? As America’s Trojan horse?

 

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