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A Sad State of Affairs in Education Schools

This is a particularly egregious example of what I perceive to be a systemic problem with university schools of education. So much time is spent on priorities such as these that graduates have time for little else. In my experience the biggest deficit most recent education graduates have is not a lack of cultural sensitivity (this generation of young teachers is extraordinarily respectful of cultural and ethnic differences), but rather that they simply don't know very much.

Discipline vs. Control

One of our RiverTree moms raised a question with me the other day, one that is very important to understanding RiverTree's and Ambleside's approach to education and why it is different. She asked, how can we maintain high behavioral expectations for our students without descending into legalism? It is a very good question; one to which many Christian schools have not yet found a satisfactory answer.

Information Meeting, Tuesday March 24

Marybeth and I will be hosting an informational meeting in our home in Maple Grove on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in a RiverTree education for your children this would be a good opportunity to find out more. Please RSVP to Rodney at: We will look forward to seeing you.

New Address for this Blog

If you have successfully made your way to this blog despite my messing around with domain name records and the like, you already know that the address has changed.

From the beginning, one of the purposes of this blog was to be a place-holder for the RiverTree School website. Well, it is almost here. Accordingly, I have moved the blog to its new, permanent home at


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