Meditate on Psalm 139: 13–18. This Scripture clearly teaches that you have been uniquely created by God. Think about today’s students that are served by the traditional school system. Using this Scripture as your background, and considering information studied over the past weeks (Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, the architecture of creating schools that work, exploring traditional and charter schools, standardization of curriculum, etc.), you will be assigned to argue either in support or against the pre-determined topic: What is mastery of content? Is it important, and can the traditional model of education achieve it? As you form your thoughts for your side of the debate, closely consider the uniqueness of each learner in the classroom. Consider components of an educational system that minimize the uniqueness and individuality of learners. Use the assigned textbook, the Bible readings, presentations, and any approved websites to connect scriptural teaching to your studies. Your thread must demonstrate evidence of a scholarly approach and thoughtful analysis. DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS There will be two Discussions throughout this course. For each discussion, you will be assigned to argue either in support or against a pre-determined topic related to an emerging issue in education. You are required to demonstrate course-related knowledge. You will create an initial thread consisting of a minimum of 450 words. For each thread, you must support your assertions with at least two scholarly citations in current APA format. In addition to the initial thread, you are required to reply to two classmates’ threads of an opposing side. Each reply must be a minimum of 250 words and must include a minimum of one scholarly citation. Discussions are collaborative learning experiences, which are designed to engage you in conversational interaction with other students as well as to present your original thoughts and insight. Postings will be graded accordingly.