Author: Molly Blakeman

Living and Learning in the Belly of the Beast

Young children should be protected by parents and caregivers, but at some point baby bird has to leave the nest and learn to fly in the “real world.”  When to hold and protect and when to release to the world is never easy.  College President Greg Thornbury is raising his family and leading one of the most dynamic Christian universities in the belly of the beast — New York City, with all the vices and virtues of the Wall Street district in Manhattan.  Thornbury winsomely shares stories that will give you encouragement no matter where you are living, learning, and raising the next...

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Four Years That Stick With You for Life

What questions should you be considering when evaluating colleges today? What are some of the myths and realities surrounding degrees and careers and where those lead? What kinds of skills should your child learn in four years that will really stick with them and push them toward leadership positions? College president Ben Merkle helps answer these questions for you and your family on this episode of BaseCamp Live. Dr. Ben Merkle is the second president of New Saint Andrews College, having previously served as the Undergraduate Dean. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies and an M.St. in Jewish Studies...

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“I was robbed.”

George Grant was successful by all academic accounts and had become a speech writer for well known politicians. But what he realized while working on a masters in political science was that so much of what he was taught was not complete, and even worse, factually wrong. Many aspects of the history of our nation was missing, even deliberately subverted. Grant felt robbed of critically important information which led to a new direction for the way he wanted to educate his own children. George also tells a remarkable story of a discovery in the basement of an Oxford University...

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K-12 and then to college. Who made this up? Does it even make sense?

John Mark Reynolds is a self professed rule breaker. From his West Virginia upbringings and hard work ethic, he isn’t afraid to innovate and press assumed boundaries.  He insists we shouldn’t do weird experiments on our kids by just dropping them into a prescribed K-12 and college education formula without understanding its history and if it is right for our own kids.  His innovative spirit led him to found the respected Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University and he tells why such a program was so needed. High school was not designed to lead to college. Is college actually a way to keep...

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Raising Real Women — Wonder Woman or Laura Ingalls?

It isn’t easy to raise a girl today with so many competing voices in our culture, not to mention in our Christian circles. If you are involved in raising a girl today, you don’t want to miss this interview with Bekah Merkle. Eve in Exile Bekah Merkle talks to women in her book Eve in Exile about her own experiences growing up that have shaped her and the way she raises her five teenage children. Her proudest accomplishment is her family and her role as wife and mom. Below is an introduction to her book, which she explores during this podcast…...

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The Princeton Graduate Unhinged by a 5-Year Old

Howe Whitman was a young dad with a five-year old. He had a prestigious Princeton diploma on the wall and had earned an MBA from The Wharton School (which US News and World Report ranks as the top business program in the country). The world was at his door and he had the education that most parents would envy for their child. What his son said to him at that early age redirected his life and forced him to rethink his life’s purpose and acknowledge the shortcomings of his own Ivy League education. Twelve years later, Howe is leading...

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Why your student should go to a classical Christian high school

Christian schools are often characterized as being too sheltering. Bobbie Post has found the opposite to be true. These days, political correctness in public schools has lead to students being unable to discuss anything! Classical Christian school kids can talk about anything and explore ideas from all generations and learn how to order those ideas based on how it compares to Scripture.  At the end of those 16,000 hours, your “sheltered” student will actually be far more prepared to deal with the attitudes and ideas they will confront beyond these walls than most young people. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES VISIT THE BASECAMP...

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