Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, March 13th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Good Leaders Make Good Schools (excerpts from an editorial by David Brooks)

The solutions to the nation’s problems already exist somewhere out in the country; we just do a terrible job of circulating them.

For example, if you want to learn how to improve city schools, look how Washington, New Orleans and Chicago are already doing it. Since 2011 the graduation rate at Chicago public schools has increased at nearly four times the national average, to 77.5 percent from 56.9 percent. The percentage of Chicago students going to two- or four-year colleges directly after graduation increased to 63 percent in 2015 from 50 percent in 2006.

How is Chicago doing it?

Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Toronto studied 180 schools across nine states and concluded, “We have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement record in the absence of talented leadership.”

What do principals do? They build a culture. Researchers from McKinsey studied test scores from half a million students in 72 countries. They found that students’ mind-sets were twice as powerful in predicting scores as home environment and demographics were. How do students feel about their schooling? How do they understand motivation? Do they have a growth mind-set to understand their own development?

Readings from the Gospel of John for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In response to the first followers request to know where he was staying, Jesus replied, “Come and see” (John 1.39). If you think about it, the Bible presents God as very personal. He walks with the first humans in the garden. Jesus’ followers ate and walked with him each day. The Holy Spirit allows people today to encounter God in a real and personal manner.

God doesn’t ask us to believe in his sheer power or to mindlessly obey rules. He comes to us with the invitation of friendship. As we “come and see” him in a friendship-relationship, he reveals more and more of his magnificent personality.

One of my new friends has spent many years in prison. Upon his recent release, he challenged God to make himself real. He knew he was destined to a life of crime and incarceration if God did not change his inside condition. In love, God responded to this man’s challenge. The man is now walking in the joy of a personal life-changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Prayers for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dear God, please direct and assist leaders in our public school system.

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