Child Sponsorship Works

Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, recently published study findings that show that child sponsorship works.  The academic paper appears in the current edition of the Journal of Political Economy.  Wydick provided an overview of the material for a lay audience in the June 2013 edition of Christianity Today (p.20-25). Based on research done using a grant from USAID to analyze the impact of child sponsorship programs in six Read More …

The Adolescent Brain

The video below is a must watch TED Talk for anyone who cares about, works/serves with, and/or is raising adolescents.  TED offers the following introduction: Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically "teenage" behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain. So What? Blakemore provides many helpful Read More …

Teaching = Learning?

Roger Olson is an evangelical scholar who serves as Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  Recently he blogged about several unhelpful continuing education experiences in his thirty-one years teaching in higher education.  One workshop, focused on communication and teaching, unsettled Olson: . . . the over riding message left me dazed and confused: “If they have not learned, you have not taught.” Huh? No amount of questioning could get the experts Read More …