John Witherspoon College-A Brand New Experience

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    Hello to all:

    I am here to announce a brand new college in Baptist life--John Witherspoon College in Rapid City, SD. It is built on the Classical Education model. It has an up-front relationship with Union University. And mostly it is being started with the leadership, Presidency of C. Richard Wells a dear personal friend and colleague of mine. Please check it out. It will be new for some who do not know of this model. FYI and enjoy!

    http://www.johnwitherspooncollege.org/

    Keep in mind this is a new "out of the box" endeavor and philosophy.

    Get back to me with ideas and feedback.

    "That is all!" :applause:
     
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    t last, a college that teaches Historic Protestantism....I like it!
     
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    Which makes me wonder... is this a "brand new experience" or a "brand new experiment"??? This was making me wonder other things as well, for instance are there (many, any?) reformed Bible colleges? Will this school represent that tradition?
     
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    no comment, just want to follow the thread
     
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    Déjà vu:

    Dakota Voice Oct. 2005
     
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    Do you know what their approach/philosophy to counseling would be?
     
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    South Dakota .....could not find a more out of the way spot if you tried. :laugh:
     
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    Hello Tim,

    This movement seems to be a response to the nonsense that persists out there in the secular education realm. These schools are springing up all over. This is a major one over in Idaho that is doing very well. There is a relatively new one in Franklin, TN called "New College Franklin" or some such. If anyone wants info you might read this work:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/189293406X/?tag=baptis04-20

    FYI.

    "That is all!" :flower:

    Here is New College Franklin's Hyperlink:

    http://www.newcollegefranklin.org/

    FYI.

    In response to EWF's question, online classes would completely be against their "in class" study with "great minds personally" model. It is one of those things that you have to think about very slowly as you frame your "philosophy of education" model.

    My two cents worth just for clarification purposes. I have been knowing about the models for years and have even talked to some about teaching there but it just has not worked out.
     
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    Any in the North East? How bout on line classes? Once upon a time Princeton provided a great classic education....but you all know how liberal they have become.....Im really interested in Historical Theology.
     
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    EWF,

    See my edit above. OK?

    "That is all!"

    :saint:
     
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    Here is probably the best one known that seems to be working and thriving. Check it out:

    New Saint Andrews

    http://www.nsa.edu/index.php

    Enjoy!

    "That is all!" :tongue3:
     
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    Im not attacking you Brother, Im just trying to understand the curriculum & the teaching style. Im fairly new to Christianity & I have lived a worldly life for over 50 years (Secular School School training etc)

    I myself would like to learn from schools that are classical....unfortunately there is nothing where I live....so I could not benefit nor could my children, unless I sent them far away. Therefore I am resigned to self study. My most recent find is a text book by Greg Allison titled "Historic Theology".....it's an introduction to Christian Doctrine. But as you say, not getting 1st hand personal instruction. :) Oh well.
     
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    My dear EWF,

    I in no wise think that you were attacking me on any level. Do not give it another thought. Enjoy our Lovely Lord Christ's blessing on your life today in the fulest of what was purchased for us by His Death and Resurrection.

    "That is all!" :tongue3:
     
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    Many of the same things happen at the denominational level and in their Christian schools.

    Don't even think anything else other than much is driven by the want of more money.

    The difference in the program I taught at the university and others is that the seniors were required to take a national exam written by people who had several years of experience in the same field. We got the results back and it helped us to see weaknesses in our program. I think that should be done in every major. The interesting things is that none of us had a doctorate yet we taught one of the best programs in America. One of the professors was named as the top professor in the field in America. He had about 25 years in the field before teaching. another professor only had a BA and is one of the top people in his field in the nation. Many of the results and influence of what he does you experience personally in some way.

    What I saw at the seminary and university level I am convinced that those entities are often little more than hype in terms of preparing the student well. When I was in seminary I had already taught in the public school and saw some of the flaws. There were two philosophies present. One is the idea that God has called you so we will help you get through. The other is that God has called you so we will help you be well prepared. When I was in seminary I sought to take some of the best professors recommended by doctoral students. One of them had been approached by the administration to make his classes easier because of such a high dropout rate and the students would take an easier professor. He refused and just kept teaching. The vast majority of students in the doctoral program had him for classes. One doctoral student told me that a C with him was better than an A with anyone else. I was the neighbor of a student who went on to complete a doctorate and is now the pastor of a large well known church. He told me that he would not take the same professor because it would lower his gpa. I wonder what his attitude would have been if he knew that he would have been tested when he got ready to graduate?

    I am in favor of professional schools that teach what is needed for a student to be successful and to help build their weaknesses as an individual. A good example of that is a medical school. I have two friends who are veterinarians. Both of them are excellent but both will tell you that a BA plus vet school is not necessary. In other countries the students becomes vets in much less time and they are well prepared.

    I went to a school that is one of the best schools in the world that was founded by one of the top men in the world. The majority of students came from other countries. It was very demanding. We attended 8 hours per day. When I left I was quite confident and it helped me to solve any problem I encounter today.
     

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