by Nelson Price

"Train up a child in the way he should go..." That is a
challenge when the parent is not the primary one involved in the
child's training.
An old proverb says, "As the twig is bent so grows the tree."
The application is obvious. If a small tree is bent in a certain
way, that is the way the tree grows. Likewise, when a young
child is taught certain concepts and conduct, that is the
character developed.
In this message reference is going to be made to many attitudes
among students and actions by educators. I first want to make it
clear I am not stereotyping either students or teachers. There
are some super youth who have deep faith in Christ, evidence
obedience to His Word, and seek to live their faith. Thank God
for them.
There are many Christian educators who are doing all they can
within the guidelines superimposed on them by bureaucrats to
live their faith and help their students.
I would be remiss if I didn't pay tribute to these and
acknowledge my admiration and love. However, there are trends
that are cause for concern.
Perhaps you saw her as Barbara Walters, not your typical
conservative, stood before a large American flag and, peering
sternly into the camera said, "The alarm has sounded. The clock
is ticking. But most of us are still asleep."
Of what imminent danger was she warning? Acid rain? AIDS? An
inflationary crisis? No. She was referring to the deterioration
of the American educational system. She shared statistics
evidencing test scores are plummeting. Most students surveyed
thought the Holocaust was a "Jewish holiday." Many could not

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