21 August 2009

Why? Educate

"Perhaps even before we ask, "What is education for?" we should ask a prior question, "What are children for?"

"We need to excise from our thinking the merely normal or conventional. All we do for our children must be about raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

"If the 80% of evangelical parents whose children are being educated by the state realize that the state is determining the absolutes (all while denying that there are absolutes), perhaps they would no longer render to Caesar the things that are God's."

-R.C. Sproul Jr, from my new homeschool book/ gift to myself When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling. It's already proved to be thought-provoking, and I'm only on page 39. Basically, he's asking, 'what is my goal for my child?' He's saying that if our most valuable goal for our child is for him to glorify God and enjoy him forever, then we need to let our homeschool reflect that.

It's been interesting to read because he is all about the math and physics instruction; he just wants us to remember what is behind the education, what is the reason for such instruction. He says, why give character training? So the child can be popular and get hired? Or to follow Romans 12:8, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Do we teach them astronomy so that we can brag to our neighbors what our comet or theory our adult child discovered or named, or so we can impress the truth of Psalm 19:1 unto them: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands?"

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