Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reviewing the Adventist Review

July 26, 2012
Vol. 189, No.21

WORLD NEWS AND PERSPECTIVES is an important section of each magazine. I don’t usually report on its contents because it is available at the online address I provide with every review.

This issue extolls the quality of Adventist education. And in the opinion of this critic, the accolades are deserved. But before I get to one cautionary note, I want to mention three related pieces that deserve attention. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING by Stephen Chavez is a practical guide to Christian living. TIMELY TIPS FOR TEACHERS by Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless is a medical love letter to teachers. And LAUGHTER by Marvene Thorpe-Baptiste is a reminder that the ability to laugh at oneself is great preventive medicine.

For Kim Kaiser, INCLUSIVE TEACHING, respecting the learning ability of all children and creating opportunities for individual students to learn according to their abilities and learning style, should be the goal for every teacher and educational program. My only caveat is that there are some students who need extra special education that most Adventist schools cannot provide. That is when state supported programs are valuable resources and must be utilized.

NOTE: Kudos to the Pacific Union Recorder for its comprehensive and informative coverage of the Pacific Union’s Special Constituency Session on August 19, AFFIRMING WOMEN IN MINISTRY. Not only did the Recorder explain the issues involved in its July issue, it published an extensive readers’ response in the current magazine. What is especially noteworthy and trend setting is the fact that both the explanation and readers’ response sections were published in English and Spanish.

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