Remote learning is causing New Mexico students to fall behind, that’s according to a recent study presented to state lawmakers. Legislators discussed different solutions to get New Mexico kids back on track, including adding extra days to the school year, but it all comes with a hefty price tag.
As many as four in five New Mexico public school students are failing at least one class in some of the state’s school districts, according to data made public Wednesday by legislative analysts. The study said New Mexico students are missing out on four months to a year’s worth of education because of remote learning.
The report said teachers are having a tough time reaching 20 percent of their students and teachers also report that a third of their students are not engaging in their classwork.
In order to fix this educational gap, the state is asking lawmakers to consider extending the next school year by ten to 25 days. If lawmakers go that route, it could cost the state $138 million.
Last week Ligonier Ministries reported that 47% of Americans do not believe the Bible is literally true. We are in very tough shape. The worst I have seen in my lifetime. The Country is in a Civil War, spiritually and politically. God founded FGGAM over 8 years ago to bring forth a Biblical Worldview everyday, not a political worldview. Jesus is not politically correct. JESUS! not politics! Politics is destroying America. Church attendance is way down in America. My friend Jerry told me last week that the Church he goes to in Albuquerque has around 500 members, but attendance has been 20 to 25 on Sundays during the pandemic. I am so very thankful for our Church, First Baptist in Reserve, we have a growing youth ministry! It is so very precious to see the children grow in the Lord! We will not give up, we will not give in to evils such as socialism and we will not compromise our Biblical principles. We are standing in the gap for God and His children!
Dr Jim Denison: As we face an uncertain future, God assures us: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). How can we answer this call to courageous engagement with our fallen culture?
The head of a ministry that helps Christian young people strengthen their biblical worldview is looking past the 2020 elections to the future – and he says it’s pretty bleak.
Evangelicals are so focused on winning this election, they don’t realize that the data shows they have already lost all elections after this one. That’s the warning issued by Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, in a Washington Times commentary last week.
From the FGGAM MEDIA CENIER: March of 2020:
New George Barna Research: ‘Dangerously’ Low Percentage of Americans Have a Biblical Worldview
Social Science Researcher Introduces Key Findings on American Pastors Network ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ Program—Although 7 out of 10 Americans Say They Are Christians, Just 6% Actually Possess a Biblical Worldview
PHILADELPHIA—Well-known social science researcher George Barna introduced brand-new research about Americans’ worldview on the American Pastors Network’s (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net) popular, live, daily radio program “Stand in the Gap Today” last week.
APN President and “Stand in the Gap Today” host Sam Rohrer said the program was aptly named “The True Deficit: Americans with a Biblical Worldview.”
“In recent days, many more than before have become deeply concerned about the country’s national debt, as the government is set to spend $2 trillion to provide needed aid to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” Rohrer said. “Yet I would suggest that before budget deficits, before deep political infightings and before the moral crumblings of our culture, there is first a deficit in our relationship with God—a deficit of spiritual understanding and a deficit of how to view life and living from God’s perspective. This is the root of our national and cultural problems, the root of our pandering politicians and salivating citizens who only wish for more and bigger government, the root of our complacent churches and passive pulpits.”
Throughout the program, Rohrer and Barna discussed the key findings of “The American Worldview Inventory,” which Barna led in his role at the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University (ACU). The research is the first wave of what will be an annual survey. The assessment is based on 51 worldview questions, examining both beliefs and behavior, which were provided to a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults.
Barna has called the research the “most sophisticated nationwide survey of worldview conducted in the United States.” Results include the following:
- Although 7 out of 10 Americans consider themselves to be Christian, just 6% actually possess a biblical worldview.
- Just one-fifth of those attending evangelical Protestant churches (21%) have a biblical worldview, as compared to one-sixth of those attending charismatic or Pentecostal churches (16%). The study finds even smaller proportions in mainline Protestant (8%) or Catholic (1%) churches.
- The number of American adults holding a biblical worldview has declined by 50% over the past quarter century.
- Regarding the youngest adult generation, the numbers are even more startling. A mere 2% of those 18 to 29 years old possess a biblical worldview.
“The fact that fewer than one out of five born-again adults hold a biblical worldview highlights the extensive decline of core Christian principles in America,” Barna said.
Among the differentiating factors between the new study and previous research, he noted, is the more robust measurement of action.
“In the American Worldview Inventory, we measure not just beliefs, but also the application of those beliefs—our behavior—because people do what they believe,” Barna added. “If you truly believe something, you integrate into how you live, and your lifestyle reflects those beliefs. As a result, our research always balances examining both what we believe to be true with how we translate such beliefs into action.”
Going forward, Barna will be a regular monthly guest on “Stand in the Gap Today.” He has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media development, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group in 1984 (now The Barna Group) and helped it become a leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture before selling it in 2009. He has written more than 50 books and his work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media.
APN hopes thousands will join the ministry for its national prayer movement called “52 Tuesdays,” in which the faithful from around the country will come together to pray for the moral and spiritual renewal of our nation every Tuesday leading up to Election Day 2020.
This dedicated season of prayer not only addresses the important 2020 presidential election but also other topics close to Christians’ hearts. Prayer warriors nationwide can add their name to the growing “52 Tuesdays” list here.
Rohrer, along with Pennsylvania Pastors Network Executive Director Gary Dull and North Carolina Pastors Network President Dave Kistler, invites cultural experts to discuss a variety of pressing topics and headlines from a biblical and constitutional perspective to “Stand in the Gap Today.” Archived programs can be viewed here. Rohrer also hosts the daily short radio feature “Stand in the Gap Minute, and “best of” shows from the week are broadcast on “Stand in the Gap Weekend.”
Likewise, “Stand in the Gap TV” considers transcending complex and divisive cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective while bringing clarity to cultural confusion and making sense of the nonsense around us.
View the media page for APN here, which also details information about “Stand in the Gap” radio programming. For more information on APN, visit www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. For information about forming a state chapter of APN, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.