Vol. 2 Issue 30 | July 29, 2016
Three Things This Week
1. Take Note
What it is: A new study released by NPR says students that take notes the old-fashioned way (pencil & paper) actually retain the information much better.
Why it's important: One of the biggest educational challenges our students face is learning how to learn. Research found that when students take notes on laptops, their tendency is to type verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words, making this type of note-taking detrimental to learning. Remind your students that note-taking should consist of 75% listening and 25% writing. Here are some helpful tips to help your students take better notes in class.
2. My Headphone World
What it is: 53% of millennials own three or more pairs of headphones and wear them nearly four hours every day. 73% admitted to having donned headphones to “avoid interaction with other people.”
Why it's important: Most of us grew up listening to music in the car, and while you may have been forced to listen to John Denver instead of Michael Jackson, you were at least listening together. But with the ubiquitous nature of headphones, "we are slowly reconfiguring music as a private pleasure” as our students utilize these devices to exert some form of control and autonomy in their lives. Maybe headphones represent the ethos of our time, as students seek to be “separate, but forever plugged in.” Remind your students that how they take in media is just as important as what media they consume.
3. Celebrate Kids’ “Question A Day” App
What it is: An app that gives you a new question to ask your children every day.
Why it's good: We believe that meaningful conversations are one of the best ways for parents and teens to keep connected and to learn from one another. A great way to start those conversations is a good question. Plus, we love the other work Dr. Kathy Koch has done to help parents and children connect and be understood by one another.
Why Everyone Marries the Wrong Person
British singer/songwriter Nao dropped her new album For All We Know this morning, using her helium-like sound to sing about “true” love. The single “Above You” hints at the intoxicating, addictive nature of finding your one, true soulmate, a theme that has been propagated in our consumer culture over and over again, especially to young girls.
But this search for “Mr. Right” or one’s “soul mate” is a dangerous message that tells students that there is only one person who will meet all their needs and desires and that they won’t be fulfilled until they find him/her. Yes, romantic notions of butterflies and sweaty palms are an exhilarating part of love, but if we devote our lives to making these feelings permanent, we will quickly become disillusioned. Just as quickly as these feelings come, they can also go.
This article reminds us (and this Relevant Magazine article gives a biblical perspective) that if we believe there is only one person in the world who completes and fulfills us, we will never be satisfied and therefore never have lasting relationships. Why? Because “Mr./Mrs. Right” doesn’t exist. We are all broken, and we all bring our baggage into the marriage relationship.
So if pop culture’s notions of finding “The One” is a mere fantasy, what is the alternative? We believe Christian marriage offers a much more robust version of true love.
Great marriages are formed, not found. Christian marriage is the opportunity to practice fidelity over time, so you can look back and call it love. A Christ-centered marriage has less to do with finding the right one and more to do with committing your life to the one you found. It bears witness to the same kind of sacrificial faithfulness Christ has for his church. And while this self-giving marriage may not make me more fulfilled all the time, if done right, it will most definitely make me more holy. Therefore, it is faithfulness, not fulfillment that is the defining mark of Christian marriage.
Ask your son or daughter what they think true love is. Then read both articles with them and ask them how this perspective might change their notions of love and the intense pressure of having to find “the one.”