We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Christians in Public School, Part 4

Today, I would like to move forward in our discussion of public school education. I can say from personal experience that there are teachers in the public school and secular colleges who publicly proclaim that their goal is to influence our children against the knowledge of God and replace it with an evolutionary, humanistic, liberal philosophy of life. I have talked with these teachers personally. There are also Christian teachers in the government schools who are there to be light in darkness and an anchor of the soul for those who need encouragement.

But do a few good Christian teachers balance out the damage that a few bad teachers can have on our children? Is the goal of education to prepare our children to be salt and light in the midst of darkness or is it to help our children grow in wisdom and the knowledge of God? Francois Fenelon of the 17th century, who wrote perhaps the greatest educational treatise ever written, wrote, “the true end of education is to persuade the mind, and to inspire it with a sincere love of virtue, and a passion for learning.”

In contrast to the 17th, 18th, and most of the 19th century, the government schools which started in the late nineteenth century placed knowledge above virtue. In fact, virtue had little to do with education as the primary goal was to keep parents working in the factories and prepare their children to eventually do the same. As we quickly moved from an agrarian to an industrial society, the size of families shrunk, many lost their individual independence as they became subservient to industrialized America, and masses of children lost their work ethic as well as their values and virtues.

If you would like to learn more about Fenelon’s biblically based treatise on education and parenting, you can find his book, The Education of a Child, at www.lamplighter.net. You’ll be amazed by what you read!

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