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Issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

A strong witness

Prof. Robert Koons is to be commended for his tireless Christian approach to the conflicts surrounding the Western Civilization and American Institutions program at the University of Texas ("The purge," Sept. 12). His willingness to engage his detractors without malice, revenge, or invective has been an outstanding witness to me. This article also showed how the liberal establishment will stop at nothing to ward off any threat that would expose the "uncurriculum" that is rampant in institutions of higher learning.
-Joseph M. Gates; Mt. Prospect, Ill.

As a parent of a high-school senior beginning the college application process, I was particularly interested in and saddened by "the purge." I wonder whether Christian colleges are also reducing the requirements for a liberal arts degree and deemphasizing the study of Western thought. And will there be any Christian professors left at non-Christian colleges and universities?
-Julia Sharma; Minnetonka Beach, Minn.

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I have to admit unease as I was reading your article. As a doctoral student in communication studies at a secular university, I have found wholehearted support for my intention to research communication from an evangelical Christian perspective. Most of my college professors have been open to differing worldviews, including the Christian worldview, if they could be defended in an intelligent manner.
-Christy Mesaros-Winckles; Holland, Ohio

University and college donors must look at how our schools from kindergarten through college are molding young minds in their image. We should all funnel our dollars to institutions that do not discriminate against the Christian influence on our history, literature, and thought processes.
-Beverly Roe; Hamilton, Ohio

This "uncurriculum" is troubling. If one only wants to sample a wide variety of topics, the library is cheaper. And the point is well made that our system has come to serve the faculty rather than the students. Could this have something to do with the escalating cost of education?
-Judith Weber; Houston, Texas

Split-second call

Alisa Harris really captured the homeschool outlook on many life experiences, like not having an ear for Michael Jackson ("Confessions of a homeschool pioneer," Sept. 12). I too have had to make the split-second call of whether to explain the whole homeschooling gig or just try to pass myself off as a public-schooler. It can work until they ask which teachers you have.
-C. Clark; Bedford, Pa.

The author is envious that her "younger siblings now have dozens of homeschool friends with the usual dramas of dating and not dating and dumping and dances and gossip." This is a good thing? For most Christian homeschool families, certain "gaps in a student's social and cultural education" are desirable, not evidence of some mishandled experiment that leaves children socially inept.
-Leigh Ann Pierce; Elizabethtown, Ky.

I took offense at Harris describing what I did last week to my 5-year-old boy as dumping him with "other 5-year-olds who might bite him or pilfer his toys or shatter his fragile 5-year-old self-esteem." I consider public school to be preparation for my son to become a functional member of society by teaching him what it means to be in a community with people who are not exactly like him, but have value as God's creation.
-Jennifer Jones; Huntsville, Texas

Out of options

Thank you for "How then shall we educate?" (Sept. 12). We were committed to sending our children to private Christian schools until high school, but at least three Christian schools have closed in our area recently. We ran out of options, so our son started public middle school this year. It has many wonderful Christian teachers, which provides some comfort. I wish we had vouchers in our state.
-Kimberly Chastain; Liberty, S.C.

Momma knew

I grew up in church, went to a Christian school, and then was homeschooled. Momma always said college was going to be a culture shock for me. It is. I have just finished my second week at the University of Louisville and "Sense and sensibility" (Sept. 12) is dead on. There is pressure to accept everyone, however "diverse" they may be, and in my philosophy class students are pressured to think outside their traditions, habits, and religion.
-Joshua Tucker; Shepherdsville, Ky.

What'll it take?

Regarding "Rest stop reminder" (Sept. 12): Great column! The men in our church here in rural Michigan have also been wondering why we give government so much power. And we're getting a little concerned with the amount of debt and waste. What's it going to take to wake American citizens up to the fact that government is not the candy man?
-Todd Voshell; Grand Rapids, Mich.

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