Erasing Our Christian Identity One School Day at a Time

I borrowed this title from a provocative article I read this morning from a wonderful magazine titled The Renewanation Review.  (I think this magazine does a wonderful job reinforcing the investment families are making in providing a Christian based education, so MCA is going to buy a copy for each of our families and distribute this summer.)  This article related the very intentional path that agencies, organizations and even countries that oppose God and America are using our school systems to turn our young people and our nation away from God.

Did you know that “In January 1963, Democrat Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr. read into the U.S. Congressional Record a list of Communist goals for America?”  These goals included intents to discredit the family as an institution, promote homosexuality (which by the way they lumped in with degeneracy), social religion, control schools and teacher organizations.  Interestingly, the National Education Association adopted some resolutions in 2014 that aligned with these Communist goals.

So what is our response to this?  I am going to quote Chuck Colson as cited in Battle Cry For a Generation, 2005, p.16.  “I can’t think of a more urgent need than enabling young people to understand their faith and preparing them to defend it against the onslaught of secular thought they encounter in their schools and in popular culture.”

This article recommends 4 specific actions we all should take.  How are you doing?

  1. Become a prayer warrior
  2. Get equipped for battle by receiving biblical training
  3. Support Christian worldview education
  4. Become a financial supporter of organizations engaged in the battle for our children’s hearts and minds.

MCA is committed to Kingdom Education which acknowledges God as our ultimate focus and aim in education.  MCA supports the responsibility of parents to educate their children in partnership with the church and school.  We are in a battle with the world’s intent to remove God from our children’s minds.  Therefore, MCA is committed to seeking to always improve our ability to equip students for this battle.

2015-16 Calendar

I have had some questions about why we are starting school on August 12 rather than later in the month.  There are several factors at play.

  • Kansas requires 186 instructional days or a minimum of 1,116 hours.  There is a formula for calculating hours.
  • Our teachers are under contract for 186 days – these include in-service and teaching days
  • Almost all public schools in the area are starting on August 12.
  • Our semesters were very unbalanced this year, so moving the start date earlier will allow more time in first semester to cover material.  This is especially important when considering the curriculum that must be covered in college credit courses in the Secondary.
  • Shortening second semester creates difficulties when considering the draw away from class time caused by sports, field trips, etc.
  • We are heading into the re-accreditation process and we needed to lengthen the in-service days to provide ample work time to meet the deadlines of this critical project.

The calendar set up is a challenge every year as we try to respect family time in the summer as well as provide time to accomplish all of the activities and goals of the school year.  We learn from the experience every year and will continue to work toward the best calendar possible.  If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to forward to me.

MCA Young Man Honors Policeman

Dear Superintendent,

My name is Joel Gill, and I am a Police Officer for the McLouth Police Department. I have contacted you in regards to meeting one of your student-athletes at the McLouth Middle School Track meet. While getting out of my patrol car in the parking lot, I was approached by a young man in a Maranatha uniform. He said “Excuse me, sir!”, He then went on to tell me that he is very thankful for the job I do.

I was very taken back by this young man’s comment and actions. As a Law Enforcement Officer, I have never had anyone give me thanks for the job that I do. I especially find it amazing, that this young man who is in a very fluid age in his life, and with all media and trends that appear before him in regards to law enforcement, to still show appreciation towards me is a very impressive and amazing thing. I am very thankful for this, and learned a great deal from this young man.

I would also like to say thank you to your staff. His actions speak louder than any words, and this comes directly from his role models. You all have taught this young man very well.

Once again thank you and those brief moments in which something like this happens, is what makes my job satisfying.

Garrett Nelson is an 8th grader at MCA.  He did a good thing to honor this Police Officer.  He represented God, his family, his church and MCA well.