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New issue of online journal focuses on children and testing


Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary has released a new issue of its free online journal, Titled “Speaking of Children,” this issue focuses on the assessment of what children learn – not only in public education but also in the church.

In “Testing One, Two, Three,” this issue’s lead article, Associate Professor Kathy Dawson argues (a) that contemporary public education maintains too narrow an understanding of how to assess what children learn; and (b) that the church needs to think more carefully about the place of assessment in its own nurture and education of its younger members. Dr. Dawson is co-editor of the journal.

Responding to Dr. Dawson’s article are William P. Brown, professor of Old Testament; David Bartlett, professor of New Testament, and Carol Bartlett; and Holly Inglis, a D.Ed.Min. student at Columbia. A bibliography and curriculum are also included.  

Developed with church members in mind and published twice a year, is free and is available only online at Each issue focuses on a particular topic from the perspective of a variety of theological disciplines and includes a lead article, response articles, and teaching resources to guide further discussion. All the content can be downloaded and reproduced without charge.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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