Education: the Why Dictates the How

What will the world will look like in ten years? How can we pass on our cultural genes in a globalized world? How do we view a college education when degrees are devaluing? In this very clever 12 minute TED talk, Ken Robinson explores these questions and offers some solutions:

For the believer, how we educate our children is incredibly important, not only because they are individual human beings with unique personalities, likes, and talents, but also because they must learn to use these things for God’s glory. So for the Christian educator, the first question is not how to educate a child, but why. Once the goal is established of helping a child develop their intellectual and physical abilities to be maximally fruitful in the Kingdom, the particulars of how to do this will become clear.

The principle of education taking place to bring glory to God produces various, practical methods. Some methods, like practicing reading, will be the same for all children. Others will differ from child to child. But in view of the goal – God’s glory and our fruitful service – all methods must be the most excellent possible, producing the highest possible results, spiritually and academically.

The sort of education which takes personality, likes, and talents into account in order to glorify God by giving full scope to as many talents as possible, frees a child to live successfully in an unpredictable, globalized world as an adult. Giving kids a goal beyond being creative and contributing is something so spur them on to excellence. Hopefully, this sort of education most of all points them to their sin, need for a Saviour, and to God’s gracious provision in Christ.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” [Psalm 111:10]