I went to public school nearly my entire life (1/2 semester in private, Catholic school that I cannot even remember), and I remember thinking often about why I need to learn to read, write, do math, understand science, etc. As an adult, being WAY more sophisticated (*cough, cough*), that question has morphed into "What exactly is the purpose of education?"
Just doing a Google search on that question brings about 161,000,000 hits!!! Here is how a few of them answer that question:
- "The purpose of education is to make the world a better place!"
- "The purpose of education is mental, moral, and aesthetic development, the unfolding of each person's personal best."
- “The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life-by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality."
- “The central task of education is to implant a will and facility for learning; it should produce not learned but learning people. "
- "The true purpose of education is to bring about profoundness to one's emotions, to broaden one's perspectives and to lead to a healthier approach of looking at life."
Such a myriad of answers to a seemingly simple question!!! It appears that these definitions and others seem to have 2 things in common: 1) Education is something we receive or do, so that 2) we can give it away or go out and make a difference. Sound familiar???
As believers, we are to RECEIVE the Grace and Love of God through acceptance (the doing) of His Gift, then GO and make a differnece in the world. Education is about Knowing and Growing in Christ to then share that love with others. The goal of education for our children is for them to know God personally and then share it to others.
I'm gonna post some more on this topic over the coming week or so, but feel free to leave some thoughts and comments on this train of thought so far.