Its easy to sit by in our homes and schools, reading these posts and wonder why the GC/Union/Conference is silent on these issues that so gravely threaten Adventist Education. But then again, I wonder, are they silent, or am I just not listening? What are some of the things that have been “said” from higher up the church structure?

Less than a year and a half ago, the Conferences, Unions , and the NAD put a tremendous amount of money into a meeting of Adventist educators called the NAD Teacher’s Convention. The keynote address a this convention was delivered by George Knight. For those of you that were there, you remember a deep, thought provoking look at these very challenge being discussed here. Many of the breakout sessions provided opportunities to look at these issues. I’ve looked online for the text of the speech, or a recording of it, but haven’t found it.

In April of 2001 they held the International Conference on The Seventh-day Adventist Philosophy of Education. George Knight also presented there with similar themes. His presentation at that event as well as other items published by him can be found here:
The Aims of Adventist Education in Historical Perspective
The Devil Takes a Look at Adventist Education
More at Circle: http://circle.adventist.org/search/?search_type=all&search_query=george+knight

The title of the another item, Online resources provided to help teacher and schools be better: (yes, that’s us)
Adventist Education Forum (yes, that’s us)
Circle
Journey to Excellence
Technology and Distance Education Committee resources

Speaking of resources, did you know that the NAD has provided ever school with free licenses to WordPerfect office and other Corel software? Oh, and I just heard that they have purchased Encyclopedia Britannica online for each Adventist School and Student – at no cost to the schools.

Just last school year a NAD Marketing meeting was held with representatives from Conferences and schools across North America studying how to better market our schools as we face the challenges we have been talking about here.

I’m sure there is more than this, but that’s what comes to mind at the moment.

I think it important to remember though, that we are not fighting against apathetic parents, church bureaucracy, or unprofessional teachers. We are fighting against the Host of Darkness who knows just how valuable our our young people are! Prayer is the first line of attack.

Secondly, as Tom said so well in his posting on The Ants, what are we doing? We can meet until our seats our sore, talk until our mouths are dry, but if we don’t act with the information we have with the resources available to us… well as the saying goes, “If we do what we’ve always done, we’ll be where we’ve always been.”