Monday, September 21, 2009

Leigh's Thesis: Chapter 4 (3)


CHAPTER 4: THE PROJECT (part 3)

“The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him” (Prov 18:17, NASB).

This verse reminds Christians of two things. First, we think we are doing well if the method has always been done and we haven’t heard of anything else. Second, we can be swayed like a leaf in the wind each time we hear of some exciting educational fad, or we feel like our child is unhappy with our method of schooling them.

Our task as Christian educators, pastors, and parents is to examine all of our educational choices in light of Scripture rather than the latest emotional influence, for we will be presented with many options in this age of global technologies.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ” (Col 2:8, 9, NIV).

This warning applies to everything we think, learn, and believe. Dennis and Dawn Wilson point out, “Although Paul is warning the Colossians of the heresy of the day, we can take note that he is pointing them to the sufficiency of Christ over the philosophies of men. He is telling them to be on their guard and not to be led astray.”(1)

The classical model is very simple to define, but difficult to wrap our modern brains around. We are more familiar with graded learning, standardized tests, and credits than the actual purpose of education—to know God and to make Him known. I value and endorse grades and testing, as they give both student and teacher evaluation tools, but the ultimate goal is the student’s ability to explain how his/her knowledge builds God’s kingdom.



(1) Dennis and Dawn Wilson, Christian Parenting in the Information Age: Rediscovering a Biblical Worldview for Raising Children (Sierra Visa, AZ: Tricord Publishing, 1996), 65.

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