Eagle Advantage Schools Inc., will host a conference entitled, “The Role of Faith in American Education” from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The conference will feature notable speakers such as David Barton, Buddy Pilgrim and Dr. Allen Beck, superintendent of Eagle Advantage Charter Schools, who will all cover areas pertaining to faith in government and schools, faith in the marketplace and the role of faith in American education.

As superintendent, Beck shared his vision of the first charter school he began 10 years ago through what he described as the strong calling of God.

“I started out with no students at the first charter school, but we have successfully grown to approximately 2,000 students now in six sites,” Beck said. “We have a site in Grand Prairie, Rowlett, Oak Cliff, North Duncanville, Dallas and one here in Waxahachie.

“We have 220 employees ranging from teachers, counselors, custodians and other staff,” he said.

Beck explained the purpose of the conference as well as his involvement.

“Our purpose is to rebuild the moral and religious foundation of this nation,” he explained. “We want everyone to be exposed to great thoughts, great education, great music and great ideas that made this a great nation.

“We want to educate minds with goodness and this will absolutely revolutionize the next generation,” he continued. “I have a vision to help the next generation overcome the negative. A person can’t let the good overcome the negative without practicing because there are no such things as failures, just people who made bad decisions.”

Beck said his philosophy in education is based on greatness and uprooting the greatness in everyone through spiritual growth.

“Every child is built in greatness and my goal is to build up that good in every child so that it can dominate the evil through education,” he said. “If you have great leaders with a great philosophy and a great vision which trains children to be great in studying great art, studying great politicians and listening to great music, then kids can be built in the good and greatness.

“I need an army of people to say our kids need more than trash to read and that they need to know that there is a God who loves them,” he said.

Beck said he also aims to show the comparison of great men and women of American history to present great men and women through faith and education.

Some of the names he mentioned were those of George Washington Carver, William Wiberforce, John Newton, David L. Steward, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mary McLeod.

“All these men and women were driven by their prayer and their faith to make life better for everyone,” Beck said. “I intend to bring back the classics of prominent people from the past and show how they turned to their faith in God to change either something or someone.

“We are bound to repeat history if we do not know it,” he said. “We have to integrate the role of faith and add influences of the Bible on government, art, literacy and other areas.”

The conference, which is free to the public, will not only shine light on the significance of prayer and education, but will also answer the following questions:

Is it legal to express one’s faith in schools in government? Is praying legal in the education system? Can the Bible be taught in (charter) schools? Why do charter schools do so well academically? Can Christian schools be converted to charter schools? How can others teach business ethics and morals in public schools? How can others embrace Biblical principals in the business world?

Visit www.eaglechampions.org to register for the conference or call (214) 276-5800. The Waxahachie Civic Center is located at Interstate 35E and U.S. Highway 287 in Waxahachie.

E-mail Chicarra at chicarra.dense@waxahachiedailylight.com