Last week I made two statements, namely that I thought the church could close the achievement gap and that I thought it should. Those statement sparked quite a bit of discussion for a blog this size, and I'm grateful for all of the thoughts, anonymous and otherwise. I want to continue in this thread today and probably about once a week or so.
Today I want to focus on one area that the church can help with the issues of education, that is: Building Basics in Education. My brother suggested that it isn't the church's responsibility to teach subjects like psychology, social studies, etc. I agree with those sentiments. However, the church can definitely take it upon its shoulders to provide a series of basics for children in the inner cities and other low-income areas of the country. Many churches in the USA provide tutoring services. These could become the model for other churches to emulate. I will showcase some of these in the future.
I am convinced that any child who can read can be a self-learner. Therefore, I believe that any child who can read can add his or her score as the achievement gap closes. If churches would join together to provide some of these classes to build basics of reading and math in the lives of our low-income students, I believe our schools would be better off, our communities would be better off, and most importantly, our students would have better opportunities to succeed.