"Christians and the Internet" newsletter CATI, Vol. 1, No. 42: October 20, 2000. _______________________________________________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. COMMENTS FROM THE EDITOR ON CATI'S FIRST YEAR 2. CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND SEMINARIES: SOME WEB SITES 3. HOMEWORK HELP: LITERATURE SUMMARIES PLUS AT PINKMONKEY.COM 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER _______________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission is hereby granted, however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1) no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety. To subscribe, write to email@example.com, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. _______________________________________________________________ 1. COMMENTS FROM THE EDITOR ON CATI'S FIRST YEAR Well, since this issue is dated October 20, 2000 and since I'm actually writing this article on December 6, 2000, it would appear that CATI's getting back on schedule for 2000 is rather unlikely. We'll see if we can do better (D.V.) in 2001. In the meantime, any remaining issues for 2000 will be mostly made up of shorter "bits and pieces" rather than longer, more comprehensive articles. (Some readers may actually prefer that.) Throughout the months I've collected information that didn't warrant a full, feature-length article but still may be of interest and useful to CATI readers. (We may fit in a few longer articles as well if possible.) Thank you for your support during this past year. CATI has been a labor of love, and it is gratifying to hear when its readers are finding this free email newsletter devoted to "Christians And The Internet" to be helpful and/or enjoyable. Since CATI provides no financial income, what keeps me going is hearing from people like you. Let me hear from you, whether it's a compliment, a complaint, or a suggestion on how CATI may be improved (for example, if there are any subjects or topics you'd like to see included in future issues). Thanks! --Barry Traver, Editor of "CATI" _______________________________________________________________ 2. CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND SEMINARIES: SOME WEB SITES If you're interested in learning more about Christian schools, this article includes a number of links to Web sites that you should find helpful. Important: the list of links makes no claim as to being complete. Your favorite school may or may not be listed here, for example, but that should not be taken as a negative reflection upon that school. Note that some of the links are to directories of schools, so if I do not mention a particular school in my list, you can use such directories to locate additional schools. In this article I deal with Christian schools. In the future I may deal with resources for Christian parents who may have their children enrolled in a public school (I do, however, mention a few such resources below). Our own son was home schooled for grades 3 through 8, but he also attended public school (a one-day-a-week mentally gifted program for grades 1 through 8) and Christian school (before and after the home schooling). He had good experiences in all three settings. In addition to attending a Christian high school (Phil-Mont Christian Academy), he attended a Christian college (Covenant College) and is now a student at a Christian seminary (Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia). Here's a list of some helpful resources on the Web related to Christian schools: HOME SCHOOL Some Resources: CATI: Home Schooling on the Web: Some Useful Sites http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati14.htm#2 Christianity Today: Home School Center (Mike Farris) http://www.christianitytoday.com/homeschool/ Crosswalk.com: HomeSchool (Mike Farris) http://homeschool.crosswalk.com/ Home School Legal Defense Association http://www.hslda.org/index.asp?Splash=True Homeschooling Today http://www.homeschooltoday.com/home.htm CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOLS (AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS): Some General Resources: About.com: Christian High Schools http://christianteens.about.com/teens/christianteens/cs/highschools/index.htm About.com: Christian High School Listing http://christianteens.about.com/teens/christianteens/library/blhighschool.htm Association of Christian Schools International (evangelical) http://www.acsi.org/ Association of Classical & Christian Schools http://www.accsedu.org/ Christian Schools International (Reformed) http://www.csionline.org/ Christian Home and School http://www.csionline.org/chs/ A Few Specific Schools: Delaware County Christian School http://dccs.org/ Phil-Mont Christian Academy (My son is a graduate of PMCA.) http://www.phil-mont.com/ The Stony Brook School http://www.sbs.pvt.k12.ny.us/ CHRISTIAN COLLEGES: Some General Resources: About.com: Christian Colleges http://christianteens.about.com/teens/christianteens/cs/christiancolleges/ About.com: Christian College and University Listing http://christianteens.about.com/teens/christianteens/library/blcollege.htm Christian College Consortium http://www.ccconsortium.org/ Christian College Search.com http://ccs.gospelcom.net/ Christian University GlobalNet http://gospelcom.net/cugn/ Christianity Today: Campus Life Christian College Guide http://www.campuslifecollegeguide.com/ Crosswalk.com: Christian Colleges and Universities http://directory.crosswalk.com/WebDirectory/browse.cgi?cat=ce001 What's The Best College.com http://www.whatsthebest-college.com/ Some Specific Colleges: Calvin College http://www.calvin.edu/ Covenant College (My son is a graduate of Covenant.) http://www.covenant.edu/ Dordt College http://www.dordt.edu/ Geneva College http://www.geneva.edu/ Gordon College http://www.gordonc.edu/ Grove City College http://www.gcc.edu/ Hillsdale College http://www.hillsdale.edu/ The Master's College http://masters.edu/ Redeemer University College http://redeemer.on.ca/ Reformed Bible College http://www.reformed.edu/ Regent University http://www.regent.edu/ Trinity Christian College http://www.trnty.edu/ Wheaton College http://www.wheaton.edu/ CHRISTIAN SEMINARIES AND GRADUATE SCHOOLS: General Resource: Christianity Today: Seminary and Grad School Guide http://www.seminarygradschool.com/index.taf?mode=seminary Some Specific Seminaries: Bahnsen Theological Seminary (theonomic) http://scccs.org/btswelcome.html Biblical Theological Seminary http://www.biblical.edu/ Covenant Theological Seminary http://covenantseminary.edu/ Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary http://gcts.edu/ Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary http://www.gpts.org/ Knox Theological Seminary http://knoxseminary.org/ Mid-America Reformed Seminary http://www.m-ars.com/ Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary http://hnrc.org/html/seminary.html Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) http://www.rpts.edu/ Reformed Theological Seminary http://www.rts.edu/ Reformed Theological Seminary Bookstore http://www.rtsbookstore.edu/ Trinity Evangelical Divinity School http://tiu.edu/divinity/ Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) (My son is a student at WTS.) http://wts.edu/ Westminster Bookstore http://wts.edu/bookstore/ Westminster Seminary California http://wscal.edu/ OTHER RESOURCES Some Christian Ministries for Students at Public High Schools: Summit Ministries http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/summit/sumhome.html Young Life Ministries http://www.younglife.org/ Youth for Christ (YFC) http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/ Some Christian Ministries for Students at Secular Colleges: Campus Crusade for Christ http://www.ccci.org/ International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) http://www.ifesworld.org/ InterVarsity Christian Fellowship http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/ Navigators http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/ Another School-Related Resource (high school/college): Campus Life http://www.christianity.net/campuslife/current/ As I said, this list of links is not complete (I'm sure that I'll discover some that I had intended to include but failed to do so), but it should enable you to get a good start on what you want to know. Enjoy! _______________________________________________________________ 3. HOMEWORK HELP: LITERATURE SUMMARIES PLUS AT PINKMONKEY.COM Although I'm a bit uncertain about the name (is it simply a "cute" name or is it intended to suggest the evolutionary hypothesis -- as did Desmond Morris's book title The Naked Ape a number of years ago -- that man has a simian ancestry?), PinkMonkey.com does seem to be a responsible site that is both family-friendly and educator-approved: PinkMonkey.com http://pinkmonkey.com Before I go further, however, let me make clear that while some teachers may approve of students reading some literature summaries as a supplement to reading the literature, I am not aware of any teacher who would approve of a student reading a summary as an adequate substitute for his or her reading the literature itself. Such summaries may at times be used, but they should not be abused. Having said that, here is PinkMonkey.com's own description of their site: "PinkMonkey.com is a FREE study resource for junior high, high school and college students, teachers and home schoolers. "We offer the largest library of literature summaries on the Internet. Right now, there are 109 Barron's Booknotes and 208 of our own Monkey Notes booknotes viewable online. We add new titles all the time. In addition, you'll find a huge library of literature classics available for viewing or download.... "A special note to parents and teachers: Unlike most other teen sites, we are proud to tell you that PinkMonkey.com is a child safe and teacher recommended site. You can always be comfortable that your children or students will not view adult content or language on this site." --http://pinkmonkey.com/index2.asp Education World, for example, gave PinkMonkey.com an "A+" and had this to say in their review: "This free site offers a combination of MonkeyNotes and Barron's Booknotes that equals more than 289 literature titles and a DigitalLibrary of nearly 2,000 titles accessible at any time, day or night. Users can access online textbooks and search for the answers to questions, practice their study skills in the ElectricDesk Study Smart program, find help for writing papers in StudyTrek, and complete study projects by using CoreConcepts. Included is a ParentsCentral section, full of ideas and suggestions for parents who want to help their children learn." http://www.educationworld.com/awards/past/2000/r0700-14.shtml The free online textbooks fall into the following categories: Algebra; American Government; American History; Biology (as in most school textbooks, evolution is misleadingly presented as a proven fact
); Calculus; Chemistry; Economics; European History; Geometry; Physics; Statistics; Trigonometry; World History; SAT Exam; Additional SAT; GMAT, ACT, LSAT; and GRE Exam. The New York Times made PinkMonkey.com their "Site of the Day" on August 22, 2000: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/parents/siteofday/20000822.html And USA Today listed it as a "Hot Site" on October 23, 2000: http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/chd1023.htm You do have to register at PinkMonkey.com (registration is free) in order to use the site, but they claim that "Your registration information is confidential and will not be distributed to any other parties without your election to do so. It is used for internal purposes only." You should not receive spam mail as a result of registering, but you may receive mailings from PinkMonkey.com from time to time. In addition, you may "receive a discount coupon for Admissions Essay Editing Services from EssayEdge.com's Harvard Editors," but my advice is simply to ignore that, since I think there are some ethical questions involved in "admissions essay editing services." I don't have a problem with a parent or a teacher perhaps offering some suggestions on how a student might improve an admissions essay (that is normally expected), but I think more than that may be deceptive. Like many other "free" sites, PinkMonkey.com is supported by advertising (they call it "sponsor-supported"), so my advice here -- as elsewhere on the Internet -- is to ignore the ads just as you do ads on television, radio, and billboards. Warning: at this site you will be confronted by annoying pop-up ads, so be prepared to click on the x in the top right corner of such windows when they appear. What books are represented on the site? Here's a title list for the letters A-B-C, to give you an idea: Absalom, Absalom (William Faulkner) Aeneid, The (Virgil) Age of Innocence, The (Edith Wharton) Agony and the Ecstasy, The (Irving Stone) Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) All the Kings Men (Robert Penn Warren) All's Well That Ends Well (William Shakespeare) Animal Farm (George Orwell) Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank) Antigone (Sophocles) Antigone (Jean Anouilh) Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare) Arms and the Man (George Bernard Shaw) As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) As You Like It (William Shakespeare) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin) Awakening, The (Kate Chopin) Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis) Bell Jar, The (Sylvia Plath) Beloved (Toni Morrison) Benito Cereno (Herman Melville) Beowulf (Author Unknown) Billy Budd (Herman Melville) Black Boy (Richard Wright) Black Like Me (John Howard Griffin) Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya) Bluest Eye, The (Toni Morrison) Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Bridge of San Luis Rey, The (Thornton Wilder) Call of the Wild, The (Jack London) Candide (Voltaire) Canterbury Tales, The (Geoffrey Chaucer) Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Catcher in the Rye, The (J.D. Salinger) Cherry Orchard, The (Anton Pavlovich Chekov) Chosen, The (Chaim Potok) Color Purple, The (Alice Walker) Comedy of Errors, The (William Shakespeare) Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (Mark Twain) Contender, The (Robert Lipsyte) Coriolanus (William Shakespeare) Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky) Crucible, The (Arthur Miller) Cry, The Beloved Country (Alan Paton) Cymbeline (William Shakespeare) Cyrano De Bergerac (Edmond Rostand) For some titles, both Barron's Booknotes and MonkeyNotes are available. CAUTION: Although the Web site seeks to be family-friendly, not all of the books themselves are equally so. For example, many Christian parents would find the language in Salinger's novel Catcher in the Rye to be offensive. On the other hand, some of the books on the list might be considered Christian classics, such as Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country. Another site at which you'll find literature summaries as well as other study notes is SparkNotes: SparkNotes.com http://sparknotes.com/ Here, as a sample, is their A-B-C title list for literature (which is very similar to, but not identical with, the list of summaries available at PinkMonkey.com): Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner) Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (Mark Twain) Aeneid, The (Virgil) Agamemnon (Aeschylus) Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll) All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren) All's Well That Ends Well (William Shakespeare) And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) Animal Farm (George Orwell) Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) Antony and Cleopatra (William Shakespeare) As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner) As You Like It (William Shakespeare) Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The (Benjamin Franklin) Awakening, The (Kate Chopin) Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis) Bell Jar, The (Sylvia Plath) Beloved (Toni Morrison) Beowulf (Anonymous) Billy Budd (Herman Melville) Black Boy (Richard Wright) Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo A. Anaya) Bluest Eye, The (Toni Morrison) Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) Call of the Wild, The (Jack London) Candide (Voltaire) Cannery Row (John Steinbeck) Canterbury Tales, The (Geoffrey Chaucer) Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) Catcher in the Rye, The (J.D. Salinger) Chosen, The (Chaim Potok) Christmas Carol, A (Charles Dickens) Civil Disobedience (Henry David Thoreau) Clockwork Orange, A (Anthony Burgess) Coleridge's Poetry (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) Color Purple, The (Alice Walker) Comedy of Errors, The (William Shakespeare) Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (Mark Twain) Coriolanus (William Shakespeare) Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky) Crucible, The (Arthur Miller) Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton) Crying of Lot 49, The (Thomas Pynchon) Cymbeline (William Shakespeare) Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand) Each site has titles the other does not, although it appears that SparkNotes.com is stronger in its coverage of poetry. Just as PinkMonkey.com has online textbooks for subjects other than literature, so also SparkNotes.com includes SparkNotes in the following categories: Astronomy, Biography, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Health & Nutrition, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychology. (At SparkNotes.com you'll also find a section for Kaplan Test Prep.) Here's SparkNote.com's description of what they have to offer: "Unlike other study guides written by disgruntled academics and stodgy old professors, SparkNotes are written exclusively by students and recent graduates. Over 100 Harvard students and graduates have contributed to SparkNotes. All of our writers specialize in the subjects they cover--you'll find History PhDs writing on The Fall of Rome and Astrophysics grads covering the Planets." Unlike PinkMonkey.com, however, SparkNotes seems to make no claims to be "child safe" or "teacher recommended," so you may want to use this particular site with caution. I did, however, manage to find out that Education World gave the site an "A" (they gave PinkMonkey.com an "A+") and had this to say about SparkNotes.com: "The SparkNotes collection of online study guides is a great resource for high school students. Each one discusses character and setting and includes a summary, a commentary, and study questions. Students can access the chat section to discuss the book in real time with other students or join the discussion by posting a message on the message board." http://www.education-world.com/awards/past/2000/r0300-06.shtml Like PinkMonkey.com, SparkNotes.com has annoying pop-up ads . You'll find additional comments on these two sites and on some related sites here: Literary Criticism on the Internet http://www.booksandinformation.com/litonline.html Happy reading! _______________________________________________________________ 4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER This is the forty-second issue of a free newsletter devoted to "Christians And The Internet" ("CATI," pronounced "Katy," but spelled with a "C" and an "I" for "Christians" and the "Internet"). To subscribe, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, including "Subscribe to CATI" in the Subject line and including in the body your real name and the email address to which you wish CATI sent. Past issues: you'll find archives of past issues of CATI available online at http://traver.org/cati/. ("It's not a pretty site," but hopefully it may be a useful one.) ________________________________________________________________ Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact Barry Traver at email@example.com. 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