Entries by Veritas Academy of Tucson

Training to Fear

When I was a pastor doing counseling, I often said — The good thing about human beings is that we are creatures of habit. The bad thing about human beings is that we are creatures of habit. After a parishioner would give me a polite laugh, one usually said, “Wait! What?” I would go on […]

Anchors for the Soul

In recent weeks I have had opportunities to chat with various people and some have testified of their own fears or have noted that they have mature Christian friends who are being overwhelmed emotionally by this crisis. Others are going through inner turmoil, anxiety and depression due to the isolation or due to an increased […]

A Letter of Encouragement

Hello, I wanted to take a minute as we head into our second week educating our kids remotely with a little bit of encouragement. If your house is anything like mine, we are enjoying the extra family time together, but we are also impatient and a little stir crazy. More time together equals more opportunity […]

Questions Set Expectations:

Questions Set Expectations: Have you ever wondered why there is such a big difference between the educational performance of various ethnic groups? The outcomes of various students seem to defy concrete measurements of things like IQ. Even for children with similar IQ scores, students in particular ethnic groups still outperform their peers of other groups. […]

How to Be A Tattletale: 

Most of the time we think that a tattletale is a bad thing. We tell our children not to tattle. We tell them that nobody likes a tattletale. (As if having people like us is an appropriate motivation.) And we even have little punishments for a tattletale. But, have you ever thought that there is […]

Raising Warriors for Christ

Perhaps you missed the Brush and Nib case, or you heard about it and didn’t see how it related to you. But look again. Two Christian young ladies in their mid-twenties took on the city of Phoenix and its discriminatory “anti-discrimination laws” and won at the AZ Supreme Court! I will touch on some of the very […]

Choosing Peace; Choosing Misery

We were studying Colossians 3:1-3 today in Sunday school: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Suddenly, […]

Your Values Are Showing!

Your Values Are Showing! My daughter Abby was so embarrassed. She had a long-time friend come over to assist her with the latest foster parenting challenge. Two sisters for whom they had cared in the Summer of ’18 had returned to their home after a year’s absence. Her friend was helping watch the girls in the […]

Ask Me the Third Week of School

“Ask me the third week of school.” …was my stock answer when asked, “How’s it going?” at the start of the school year. I figured that by the time we got through Pre-Service Campus Teacher Training and Paideia, our family and satellite classroom teacher training, and the fits and starts of getting things up and running, […]

Everybody Starts With An A

“Everybody starts with an A!” I announced to the class. I was thinking also, “And everyone is my teacher’s pet, as well.” That is how most of us start with each new class. Teachers normally want every child to succeed, every child to be his or her favorite, each class to be the favorite class of […]

Blessings from Rigorous Training

Blessings from Rigorous Training! There were many blessings across the board during this year’s Paideia. Encouragement overflowed from Ellen Schuknecht’s ministry among us, parent to parent training was chock-filled with practical suggestions and inspiration for the home days, and the time to connect with one’s teacher informed expectations and surely laid a groundwork for future healthy […]

We are better together

At our Info Meetings, Christi often shares about the strength of working together in the process of making disciples. After covering the inner workings of the partnership between campus teacher and co-teacher, she then extols the benefits of the Veritas community, using as an illustration a phenomenon she observed on top of Mt. Lemmon. One […]

Who’s the Center of Your Home?

Most of us would be quick to answer — Jesus! But does the reality match the goal? Many have shifted to a Child-Centric or Kid-Centric home. The children’s interests and the child’s happiness are paramount. Children are consulted before most decisions under the guise of, “They need to learn to make wise choices.” But parents are […]

Don’t Forget the Positive

Have you ever thought about feedback and why we give it? Usually, we give feedback when something needs fixing. We are disappointed with something, so we mention it in hopes that things will improve in the future. But often we neglect to mention the good things.    A wise friend once told me, you can’t make […]