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What if teens today are living out their lives in a somewhat Matrix existence? A false reality where the "adult world" that is seen and lived in by adults is participated in by their sending a 'surrogate avatar' out into it everyday while their 'real body' is kept in an underground world. 2nd-life living among our teens is normative; a world where they send out an avatar of themselves to parents, work, school, even church, while their real self is exposed only to the underworld of youth community.
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Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around our nation's declining dropout rates, during a given year, nearly 20% of students expected to graduate do not. Furthermore, according to John Hopkins and Civic Enterprises, “unacceptably low levels of minority, low-income, English Language Learners,
As the parent of three children, I know all too well how hard it can be to get kids to put down the iPad and shut off the iPod. So when a local parenting magazine asked for volunteers willing to unplug for a week, I jumped at the chance.
This excerpt from Chapter 3 of April Diaz’ Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration highlights the process April’s church went through to describe what they were looking for in a youth ministry leader. Inspired by their participation in our 2010 Sticky Faith Cohort, April’s church took a risk to reshape what it means to embrace teenagers in the life of the congregation. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from the Youth Cartel.
Kent Kessler's insight:
"We would hire a Student Integration Pastor" is a brave but correct paradigm shift to make! I loved being in churches like this when i was in college!
Effective schools make a big difference in student achievement. Effective leadership makes a positive difference, too. Effective teachers, however, directly impact student learning and achievement. It’s been shown that teachers who have a large repertoire of effective instructional strategies teach differently. They’re more intentional in their objectives, strategies, and intended outcomes. And, have better results. …
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