What Does “Demisexual” Say about Christian Hope?

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Pastor Dewey Note: I cannot keep up with all these terms that are coming out of this world we live in…….it all makes me sick to my stomach. I had a man tell me last week that the child they are taking care of announced that she was now “pansexual”, because her friend is. I had to ask him what that was. Our children are living in a dangerous world. As my Dear Friend Pastor Jude Sisneros says, “Jesus at the center.” When the Lord is not at the center, Satan takes hold. We all need to carry out THE GREAT COMMISSION! We all need to tell others about JESUS! AMEN!

 

This is from John Stonestreet of BREAKPOINT:

Earlier this month, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, daughter of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced that she now identifies as “demisexual.” As she described in the interview, her journey has gone from identifying as straight to identifying as bisexual to identifying as pansexual to now, finally, demisexual. This latest identification refers to someone who is sexually attracted only to people with whom one has formed an emotional attachment.

BREAKPOINT What Does “Demisexual” Say about Christian Hope?

The Public School System is in tough shape here in America! Do you know what they are teaching your children and grandchildren? We had two wonderful teenagers from Texas visit FBC in Reserve this past Sunday and they go to a Christian school because of what is being taught in Public Schools. Know what your children are being taught! At FBC in Reserve the Sunday School Teacher Destre Ortega homeschools her two precious girls and WOW! You can really see the impact of Mom teaching her children!!!!

From Christian News Now:

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer

(AP) Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes.

The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with The Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children.

Sparked by Pandemic Fallout, Homeschooling Surges Across US

Best and Worst Schools in America:

I am sick and tired of reporting New Mexico at the bottom in education and many other vital things. We have been here since 1995, same story year after year. The GOP and Dems have had many opportunities to change this state, both parties have failed. The GOP is stuck in the mud and cannot overcome the Dems. If the GOP does not change leadership at the top, the party will continue to fail. New leadership, new faces are needed in in the New Mexico GOP so very badly, they are not connecting with Independents and those that are leaning leaving the Democratic party, the GOP loves preaching to the choir! The New Mexico GOP has to face the fact that they are the minority party! They need to present the people a detailed plan on how they will turn this state around and not just speak ‘nothing noise’ and hate. The people are tired of the hate and ‘nothing noise’ the last 5 years or so it has done great damage to our country and continues to do so, like the insurrection of our Nations Capitol! The greatest attack on our Capitol since the War of 1812! This should be alarming to all people! The GOP and Dems now have turned the investigation of the insurrection into a circus. Such a horrible example!!! I am stunned how many people just dismiss this attack!!! What does that say of what we have become as a nation?  Will we ever know the truth to who was behind this? I WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH! I ALSO WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT COVID! From a China Lab? or what? WE THE PEOPLE, DESERVE TO KNOW! Both parties do not represent the common man and woman of America, that is why I am an Independent. I will not be associated with such dysfunction, just like I would not be associated with a dysfunctional Church. I preached on this yesterday at FBC in Reserve, NM. I want God back in America, I want my America back. Vet your candidates with God’s Word and ask who their Pastor is. Many do not go to Church. Way too many ‘bad mouthed’ politicians in America on both sides of the table! Is this what you want your children and grandchildren to grow up with?????

It is time to get the Federal and State Governments out of local education and let each school district determine their own path.

From WalletHub:

With more than half of educators reporting significant learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, and expert commentary.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 32 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio and dropout rate to median standardized-test scores.

States with the Best School Systems States with the Worst School Systems
1. Massachusetts 42. Oregon
2. Connecticut 43. South Carolina
3. New Jersey 44. West Virginia
4. Virginia 45. Mississippi
5. New Hampshire 46. Oklahoma
6. Maryland 47. Alabama
7. Delaware 48. Alaska
8. Nebraska 49. Arizona
9. Wisconsin 50. Louisiana
10. Vermont 51. New Mexico

Best vs. Worst

  • Alabama has the lowest dropout rate, 8.30 percent, which is 3.7 times lower than in the District of Columbia, the highest at 31.10 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.83, which is 2.2 times lower than in Arizona, the highest at 23.56.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of high school students who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, 4.50 percent, which is 2.8 times lower than in Louisiana, the highest at 12.40 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of high school students who were bullied online, 8.90 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in New Hampshire, the highest at 20.10 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335

More from WalletHub

Expert Commentary

Does variation in per pupil spending explain most of the variation in school quality?

“Absolutely. From both a quantitative and qualitative lens, more money leads to greater opportunities and greater achievement. If you compare the outcomes of two affluent communities, you may not see much difference. But the amount of resources (i.e., books, training, experiences, materials, etc.) is considerably more in affluent districts. One of the greatest predictors of learning is the training of the teacher. Affluent areas pay well, with good benefits, and have smaller class sizes on average. That means teachers can assess more accurately and teach to the individual needs of their students.”
Christopher Meidl, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Duquesne University

“Many variables contribute to school quality like school climate, school environment, parental and community wealth and engagement in the school, and per-pupil expenditure. Per pupil expenditure is a reflection of the quantity and quality of resources available for school districts and schools to utilize.” Comfort O. Okpala, Ed.D – Professor, North Carolina A & T State University

What are the biggest educational challenges that have emerged during the pandemic, and which were the best strategies proposed in order to overcome them?

“Accountability of learning has been very difficult. We will see many students that will do well enough, even excel with the variation in learning over the past year. But there are many students (especially those who are marginalized or schools in marginalized areas) that need the physical, in-person experience of school to get their needs met. Schools provide stability for millions of children across the country. Teachers, lunch personnel, custodial people, and school staff provide consistency, role models, socio-emotional caring, and empathy for so many children. This next year must have a transition plan to get students used to the in-person experience again. Time for teachers and school personnel to do this transition will be very important.”
Christopher Meidl, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Duquesne University

“The recent pandemic required many schools to move quickly to remote or hybrid learning in 2020. This challenged public schools to design new approaches and to shift their existing educational practices online. Teachers quickly redeveloped their curriculum by creating digital content that would primarily be delivered in a digital format. The need to train teachers in this new modality and provide supports for teachers during this time as well as finding ways to provide access to both teachers and students more equitably meant that equity in opportunity emerged as another significant challenge.”
Teresa Coffman, Ph.D. – Professor, University of Mary Washington

In evaluating the best and worst school systems, what are the top 5 indicators?

“As a school and district leader, I found that a natural way of looking at your education system is through the C’s of community, creativity, caring, connectivity, and competency. With such C’s find out how the school is the heart of the community. Ask questions such as, do they innovate and create programs that meet the aspirational needs of their learners? Do they create a culture of caring and a system of social-emotional supports for both student and adult learners? Do they have a system that develops and encourages continuous improvement with an all means all mindset?”
Frances Marie Gipson, Ph.D. – Clinical Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University

“The following five key indicators tend to be used most often when considering a school system’s performance: student academic achievement; instructional quality; school climate; graduation and attendance rates; and satisfaction of teachers, administrators, staff, caregivers, and students.”
Teresa Coffman, Ph.D. – Professor, University of Mary Washington

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