Reclaiming Our Classrooms

Posted on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 07:01
By: Jay Burcham How do we combat a pop-culture that is predicated on an immediacy of gratification and an assignment of self-worth that is based more on style than substance?  How do we make sure our kids are developing in a way that gives them an opportunity to relate to more than a screen?  How do we make sure our kids are growing and developing socially with the ability to gain both a sense of self-worth and community accountability and responsibility?

Thankful for Thanksgiving: A Humble Top 10

Posted on Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:35
It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. Even though the weather turned cold and the days have definitely gotten shorter, it just hasn’t quite felt like the holiday season yet. But I am not worried. Between long-basting a ham and the smell of stuffing and turkey and pies and the sound of football and family – the holidays are almost here.

Take the Time

Posted on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:47
It is time for Halloween so obviously we need to talk about little ones and safety and costumes and the parent’s duties regarding proper Trick or Treat etiquette. Right? That would make sense and it is a topic that s worth exploring. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

Profoundly Simple

Posted on Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:55
I grew up in West Texas in the 70s and early 80s. West Texas is comprised of long stretches of desert broken only by oil or cotton fields. The land is harsh and unforgiving. The temperatures are extreme and the heat can be almost unimaginable. And even though there is a lot of oil in West Texas, most of us lived in families that worked in the oil fields for nominal wages. It was a hard life in many respects, because the work was hard and the financial rewards were minimal.