"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 42:  October 20, 2000.
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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
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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"
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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!
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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!
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4. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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