“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” called out the newsboys on the street corners of Chicago on the morning after the 1948 Presidential Election! The headline was in large, bold type and read, “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” In their haste to be the first to publish the election results, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed the paper without checking the actual election results!
Even today, we deplore the inaccuracies of the news media and the biases in print, televised news stations, and the internet. The issue of truth in communication has a simple solution: Go to the source. In some cases, this is not possible. Very few of us have the opportunity to communicate personally with a Presidential candidate or a foreign Head of State. However, on a smaller scale, this is a viable solution.
Here at Cornerstone, we strive for clear, truthful, and effective communication. Matthew 18 gives us the biblical foundation for “going to the source.” Note these excerpts from our school catalog:
“Parents should encourage their student to talk with teachers about academic course work. Parents should correspond with teachers about course content and student performance, especially to clarify situations in which the student is having difficulty. Each teacher will, in the course syllabus, let the parent know what method of communication is preferred (note, phone, email, etc.) and the limits on times they are available on their off days.”
“All concerns about the classroom must first be presented to the teacher by the parents, or if the student is mature enough, by the student himself. A respectful, Christ-honoring demeanor is required at all times, by all parties involved.”
While grade-level Facebook pages and group texts have their place to be helpful and supportive, remember that the source for all issues and questions about assignments is the teacher herself/himself. The teacher can not know if there is an issue or question unless he/she is asked. Our teachers stand ready and willing to help our families in any way that they can.
Since the beginning of Cornerstone Prep, in 2004, we have been blessed with a family-like culture, a culture of unity of purpose and spirit, as we are “in the trenches” together in the education of our students. In order to sustain this culture, we must have open, honest, and clear communication.
Let’s continue to work together so that “whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we do all to the glory of God."
I Corinthians 10:31
The teacher can not know if there is an issue or question unless he/she is asked. Our teachers stand ready and willing to help our families in any way that they can.
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