Christy Shipe | Ep. 099

Jun 26, 2024

Teaching Your Children to Communicate Well

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About this Episode

Learning to communicate well is a foundational skill that impacts every aspect of your children’s lives. Zan Tyler is joined by guest Christy Shipe, a second generation homeschool mom of five and the founder of NCFCA, a national Christian speech and debate league. Zan and Christy explore the significance of communication, critical thinking, and a biblical worldview in education. From her personal experience being homeschooled in the 1980s to founding NCFCA, Christy sheds light on the valuable skills students learn through speech and debate and how it positively shapes their development.

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Christy Shipe has been involved in teaching debate for the past twenty years. As a homeschool graduate herself, her first opportunity to learn debate was in college at Cedarville University. She competed for three years on the Cedarville Debate team, earning the Outstanding Graduate Award for the National Educational Debate Association in 1998 during her senior year. During her junior year of college, she was hired by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) to start a debate league for homeschool students. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in political science, she continued to run the debate league until the birth of her third child. HSLDA debate eventually grew into the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA), a national speech and debate league for homeschool students. Mrs. Shipe continued to serve on the Board of Directors and is currently Chairman of the NCFCA Board. She is the author of three debate textbooks. She and her husband Rich, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Ashburn, are the homeschooling parents of five children. Mrs. Shipe leads a Debate Club that meets weekly during the school year and has options for travel for debate competition.

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At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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