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We agree with Barry Cook’s letter titled “Spur Christian schools” (May 20) about the importance of a Christian education.

We are fortunate to have great Christian schools in the CSRA – schools that offer a quality academic education while providing an environment for spiritual growth. God is welcome in a Christian school. Jesus is the teacher.

We encourage parents to explore all educational options for their children, including Christian schools. Tuition may first appear daunting, but there may be scholarships and financial aid opportunities that will help lighten the load.

Ask if your church provides assistance in this area. Visit the schools, take a tour and ask questions. Parents can make a more informed decision after doing some homework. Yes, homework is for grown-ups too!

A Christian education may involve some sacrifice, but it is definitely worth it. Your children can become strong Christian leaders, who make sound decisions, while also helping family, neighbors, the community and our great country.

We close by congratulating all the graduating students and wish them Godspeed in their future endeavors. We also wish all the students, faculty and school staff in the CSRA a happy and safe summer. You have earned it!

(The writers are, respectively, principal of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic School; and principal of Aquinas High School.)

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deestafford
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deestafford 05/27/14 - 11:24 pm
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It's too bad...

It's too bad the colleges and universities which were founded by religious leaders and some still run by religious organizations/faiths have bought into the liberal theology of the left and have become breeding grounds of the left.

The Christian principles espoused by the letter writers are as foreign to the students of these institutions as they would be if they were written in Sanskrit.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/28/14 - 05:01 am
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evolutionists- start your bigotry!

even though monster.com has not one single job for an evolutionist
that is the main complaints racists use about Christian schools
even though Christian schools do a much better job at education
the racists (evolution is their main code word) criticize
reading, writing, and arithmetic?
nah... evolution and white privilege... so the kids can get a good job?
nah... so they can't...
the liberals have been "fauxducating" for so long now
it can't be an accident... it is what racists do
by their disparate impact shall they be known
and they are truly, now, with no shame to be shown, known

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 05/28/14 - 05:45 am
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The only school a "christian
Unpublished

The only school a "christian school" should be teaching is Sunday school. Please do your indoctrination there.

avidreader
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avidreader 05/28/14 - 05:46 am
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Two Great Schools!

St. Mary's and Aquinas are both great schools. Good luck with recruiting; these are tough economic times.

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 05/28/14 - 07:19 am
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Schools

I totally agree that these are two great schools. They stress family, morals and education. The parents are totally involved in the education process. These two principals are truly dedicated to their students. Thanks to both of them for their hard work. Go Irish!

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 05/28/14 - 11:34 am
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Christian education is essential

Very good letter! Though not Catholic, I applaud efforts to inculcate religious values in schools such as Aquinas and St. Mary's. Scripture clearly says the fear (reverence) of God is the beginning (principle part) of wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). How tragic it is that many non-Catholic Christians care no more about their children than to turn them over to secular humanistic government-run schools!

In the 1970s and '80s, many churches and concerned believers opened schools where children might be taught sound biblical ethics along with reading, writing, and arithmetic. How sad it is that many of today's parents who benefited from such an education don't care enough to provide the same education for their children!

Since none of us lives forever, people who trust God and believe the Scriptures are always at risk of becoming extinct--unless we take care to keep the fear of God front and center in our children's and grandchildren's education.

jaymai
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jaymai 05/28/14 - 12:41 pm
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"In the 1970s and '80s, many

"In the 1970s and '80s, many churches and concerned believers opened schools where children might be taught sound biblical ethics along with reading, writing, and arithmetic...."

...and wouldn't have to attend school with blacks.

(Just thought I'd add that for accuracy since I was around during the 70s and know what some of these "concerned believers" who started these schools were concerned about.)

jaymai
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jaymai 05/28/14 - 07:14 pm
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"...your comments are

"...your comments are racist"

Oh darn! I guess you win then :-(

jaymai
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jaymai 05/29/14 - 07:12 am
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To ymnbde: First of all, I

To ymnbde:
First of all, I was only being sarcastic when I "conceded" victory. Its a common line for Conservatives to claim that when a liberal calls you or your comments racist, that means their argument is weak and they're desperately trying to put you on the defensive. You have no argument, you actually made my point. As far as me "reading minds", like I said, I was there. And I didn't have to read minds, white folks openly admitted they were starting these "segregation academies" to keep their kids from going to school with blacks. Google it. Now here's where you actually made my point (better than I did, I must say):
You said busing was the worse thing the government did to "us". I assume the "us" you're referring to was white people, because forced busing helped to desegregate schools and gave a lot of black kids the opportunity to get out of substandard schools. You said that, "...concerned believers were correct in getting their kids out of "those" schools... to do otherwise would have been child abuse."
Just to refresh your memory, in most cases, the "black" school was closed and the black kids were bused to the predominantly white school. Therefore, I assume you're admitting that "those" schools were okay while they were predominantly white (and in some cases, ALL white). However, once blacks started attending, "concerned believers" HAD to get their kids out of "those" schools because that would have been "child abuse" to keep them in there with those, er..."kids who couldn't pass the AP exam." (More sarcasm)
In other words, you're saying "bad" schools became "bad" when blacks started attending. Really had nothing to do with that AP exam score did it? I mean, how many "concerned believers" actually waited until the results of the AP exam came back to make the decision to take their kids out of "those" schools?
But MY comments were racist?

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/29/14 - 08:21 am
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jaymai, you're quite the stereotype today

busing went both ways... whites to black neighborhoods and blacks to white neighborhoods were about at the same rate... if you think you're "being there" is somehow better than any other person's "being there" you've jumped the starting gun a bit... and the "us" referred to citizens of The United States of America
and the state of predominately black schools today vindicates any parent who didn't want to send their child to those schools
your perceptions are not reality... parents have the right to send their kids to good schools... if you want retribution pick some other target than a child's education... that is racism, purely
you may be the first person to ever defend busing... goodness

jaymai
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jaymai 05/29/14 - 08:47 am
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So you believe schools should

So you believe schools should have stayed segregated?

jaymai
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jaymai 05/29/14 - 11:13 am
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You didn't answer the

You didn't answer the question.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/29/14 - 11:24 am
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when you love black children more than you hate white children

i'll stoop it down for ya
black doctors integrate with white doctors quite well
black lawyers integrate with white lawyers quite well
black engineers integrate with white engineers quite well
black accountants integrate with white accountants quite well
black mechanics integrate with white mechanics quite well
black (insert profession here) integrates with white (insert same profession, even if you are a liberal and think you're exempt from truth and reality) quite well
but liberals, and i'm assuming you are one, so offense is intended, integrated CHILDREN
you picked on children
and instead of educating them, you did harm
and that is the worst thing an adult can do
and you are one of those adults, obviously
busing was a disgusting force and the adults administrating it were disgusting
they harmed children, and got nothing in return except harmed children
so, i stooped
i do believe integration occurrs naturally among educated people
and your people didn't educate, they simply harmed
you can't imagine how busing set back the civil rights movement
it killed it, and until you and your liberal cohorts love your own children more than you hate white children, it will never be resurrected
now, do ya understand?

jaymai
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jaymai 05/29/14 - 12:39 pm
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"i do believe integration

"i do believe integration occurs naturally among educated people"

I see.
So there was never any need for any law to outlaw Jim Crow. It would have been done away with "naturally" as you say. Once black folks got more educated. It wasn't because we were black that white folks told us we couldn't use their restrooms, eat at their restaurants or attend their schools. It was because we were just plain dumber than they were. And that's still the case today, I assume since "...we got predominately black schools where not ONE SINGLE KID passed the AP exam last year." Anyway, I assume your answer to my question of do you think the schools should have stayed segregated is "yes". And you believe that I must "hate" white kids since I wanted them to sit next to those awful black kids in school. Okay. So let me get this straight: If "we" (blacks) had adopted "conservative" principles and educated our own children in our own schools and let white people educate their own kids in their own schools and not pushed to integrate the white schools (child abuse), then "our" doctors from Paine College and South Carolina State and "your" doctors from UGA and USC would have eventually become next door neighbors..."naturally" and lived happily ever after. Got it.
(By the way...some good news which you'll probably choose to ignore since it doesn't fit your narrative:)
(2013 stats) "The number of African American graduates who took at least one AP exam during high school nearly doubled in five years, from 4,555 to 8,900. The number of these students who scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam more than doubled, from 1,086 to 2,417.
13.6 percent (2,417) of African American students from Georgia’s public high school class of 2012 scored 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during high school (ranking Georgia 2nd in the nation), compared to 4.4 percent for the nation.

More of Georgia’s traditionally underserved public high school graduates are participating and succeeding in AP." http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/Pr...

ymnbde
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ymnbde 05/29/14 - 03:16 pm
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so, you've changed the subject from busing

hmmm... that wasn't quite fair

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