Higher and equal standards of education that can be compared from state to state – like the Common Core State Standards – offer schools the opportunity to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for all students. Students, especially those who are from low-income families and students of color, deeply need high educational standards to prepare them for success in college and careers in the 21st century.
Fortunately, faith leaders across the country are using their voices to provide their communities with the right information about high standards and are working to ensure that all students leave high school ready for their futures.
Faith and Education Coalition
The Faith and Education Coalition works to equip individual Latino churches to bring education under the ministry umbrella of their church, ensuring that youth, their parents and the wider Hispanic community within their sphere of influence grasp the vital importance of high school graduation, pursuing college and speaking English. The aim is total participation in each church so that the church’s educational culture is transformed from within.
Each year, during one Sunday in September, thousands of churches across our nation dedicate time to ask the Lord for wisdom on how to best equip students in our congregations and communities in answering the call to love the Lord with all our minds, and commit ourselves to raising the standards as we pray that every child receives quality education regardless of income, race, or zip code. More information can be found here.
Check out coverage of this year’s Education Sunday event:
- Christianity Today: “Hispanic Evangelicals Focus on Education Equity and Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves”
- Christian Post: “Education Sunday: Worshiping the Lord With Our Minds”
- Carlos Campo, founder of Faith & Education Coalition, on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America
Raising the Standards on TBN Salsa
NHCLC’s Executive Director, Dr. Andrea Ramirez, hosts the ‘Raising the Standards’ show on TBN Salsa, where she discusses the importance of high standards.
NHCLC leaders discuss the Faith and Education Coalition.
NHCLC’s Faith and Education Coalition explains why we need education equality and higher education standards in public schools.
Reverend Samuel Rodriguez talks about why faith and education are so important.
Patheos: “A New Year, a New Call to Education Equality”
“…There’s so much our churches—and we as individual Christians—can do to make a difference for students this year. We can help ensure all students have the opportunity to learn, to reach the potential God has placed in each student, and to be equipped to be college-ready. Together we can help to raise the standards for all children in our communities so they can reach their God-given potential—this year and for years to come.” (continue reading here)
Christian Post: “3 Reasons Christians Can Celebrate the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’”
“This month the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill designed to course-correct past attempts to fix our educational system. While the Act is far from perfect, those who care deeply about education equity and biblical justice have much to celebrate…” (continue reading here)
Christian Post: “Why Parents Should ‘Opt-In’ for Tests That Make Schools Better”
“Across our country, states are setting high standards and high-quality assessments for students. For the first time this year schools will administer exams to measure progress toward higher academic standards. That is wonderful! This better prepares young people for college and careers. A quality education enhances one’s life in general. Annual assessments offer students the feedback they need to help their scholastic development. Sadly, the nation’s education system has cheated many of our children…” (continue reading here)
Christian Post: “Closing the Honesty Gap in Education for Hispanic Students”
“It is a matter of biblical justice that education leaders are honest about the quality of education students receive in their state since it is most often the poor who are harmed when academic promises fall short. State leaders could go a long way toward improving this situation by closing the ‘Honesty Gap’ between what states measure as academically necessary to what national data proves…” (continue reading here)