Education is rapidly changing. We all have seen the changes in the public/government schools in America, within the lifetime of most of us. Even the definition of “education” has changed – and it parallels the changes in our schools:
Modern definition from Webster’s Dictionary:
“Education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge and of developing the powers of reasoning and judgment. The act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession.”
Original definition from Webster’s Dictionary (origin from about 1535):
“Education is the bringing up, as a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline, which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts, and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”
Notice the deletion of that last sentence. I am sure you have noticed the results of that last sentence being removed from our education process. Or, was that sentence removed because it is no longer true of the majority of our education?
Whichever came first, the change in the definition, or the change in education; the reality is a diminished effort of teaching manners and habits, and certainly removal of religious education from the majority of schools. Praise God for Christian schools, and Christian home schooling! There you will find (hopefully) a complete understanding of the indispensable link between biblical religion and education as the older definition states. That link between God’s Word the Bible, and education is not only “an immense responsibility” of parents and guardians, but a requirement. (More on that in subsequent blogs) Sound Christian schooling takes that requirement and the responsibility of administering it seriously.
I am reminded of a quote which should become a mantra for sound Christian Schooling:
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the word of God must become corrupt.” -Martin Luther, A.D. 1537
Copyright 2012, Kevin Brownlee