A Confusing Philosophy

Your article about outcome-based education was very timely [News, Sept. 13]. I just retired from 25 years in the public elementary-school classroom, and I have had grave concerns about this philosophy of education. It has been mandated in our state; in our county, it seems opponents have been encouraged to retire for “not seeing the vision.” I found OBE to be confusing, necessitating learning a whole new vocabulary, and giving credits to students when they got the wrong answer but followed the correct thinking or procedure.

I think the school system has been under so much pressure to become “accountable” they are willing to hop onto any “new” idea that will “prepare the children for the twenty-first century.”

Mrs. Jean M. Hammond

Upperco, Md.

Jewish evangelism made hard

I can appreciate that your purpose in publishing “What the Rabbi Taught Me About Jesus” [Sept. 13] was to offer a new theological perspective on our Lord. But I object to its inclusion in a magazine that supports evangelism; this defeats the entire purpose.

As a Jewish believer, I can tell you firsthand how difficult and often frustrating Jewish evangelism can be. If an unsaved person or a newly saved believer reads this article, he will likely question Jesus’ teachings, making evangelism that much harder.

Lisa Kooper

Lynbrook, N.Y.

Sensitivity to divorce

What a sensitive and true statement regarding divorce in Speaking Out for September 13 [“Don’t Blame Divorce’s Victims”]. I agree that the church has a ways to go in gaining sensitivity and understanding on this issue.

Few divorces seem mutually desired, leaving most with a spouse bent on ending the marriage and the other determined to do all possible to save it. I came out of mine with low self-esteem ...

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