Day Ten: How important you think education is
As a lifelong bookworm and aspiring writer, I believe education is a very important part of life. I believe that both formal education and informal education can enrich our minds to help us become more intelligent, well rounded human beings. God gave us a brain for a reason, and I believe it’s our job to be good stewards of it, making the most of each opportunity to learn and become better equipped to serve our Lord and Savior.
Many Christians have become critical of education (particularly colleges) in recent years, due to increasing secularism in school curriculums, but I do not believe that education itself is to blame for this. True knowledge will always lead us back to knowledge and as Christians, it’s our job to answer through a Biblical lens the age-old-question—what is truth?
Some of us have had the opportunity to go to Christian schools and colleges and I think it’s awesome that option exists. Due to the great minds of many believers collaborating for the purpose of creating a Christ-centered Christian learning environment, there are many fine and prestigious Christian schools available to us. Others of us, have landed in secular schools. While this is definitely the much more difficult option (I was at a secular school last semester for the first time in my life), God can use us even in those situations. Wherever we are, it’s important that we always work hard and glorify God as we strive to make the most of the brain that God has given us.
We also need to, in the midst of pursuing an education, make sure we’re well rounded. It can be all too easy to center your life completely around schoolwork, which I believe is unhealthy and unbalanced approach. School is important, but so are family, friends, and faith. Those things should always come first for us, no matter how demanding the school we attend is. We need to be sure to set aside time in our day for other things besides just school in order to live healthy and balanced lives.
How about you? What are your thoughts about education? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
As you may have figured out from the quote, today’s topic is education. As a recent high school graduate and soon to be college freshman, this is a topic is very relevant to me right now.
I believe that education is a very important thing in life, considering that in short, education means to glean knowledge. Granted, some things taught within the walls of our local public school or college are iffy at best…false at worst (e.g. relativism and evolution). Nonetheless, I believe that much of what is taught in a classroom is good and helps prepare us for life. Imagine if we had never been taught to read or write, we would never be able to converse on the web or share our thoughts and opinions through blogging!
We wouldn’t be able to make purchases or organize our finances without a basic understanding of math; and without history and science, would never know our country’s history or the basics of how the world works. For these reasons, I believe that education is important, and in this post, I’m going to explain how I believe education works best.
- Education works best when discussion is encouraged-As an extravert, I may be a tad biased here, but I’ve found that I learn best when allowed to discuss the topic at hand. Last year in my government and economics class, we often discussed current events and social issues, and we were allowed to give our thoughts and opinions. Through this, I feel that I got a better understanding of the complex nature of the issues and a firmer grasp of my own views/beliefs.
- Education works best when it’s proactive-I always retain more when I’m allowed to think about the information and form my own opinions about the topic I’m studying. I took an ethics class once where the book gave two different points of view on a hot topic (e.g. Capital punishment) and let us decide which view was more in line with our own (In case you’re wondering, I’m against capital punishment). Granted, this works best with subjects like psychology, ethics, and government, but I believe that when this concept can be applied, it should.
- Education works best when focused on teaching values along with academics-As Martin Luther King said in the quote above, intelligence plus character is the goal of true education. Teachers should encourage morals such as honestly, integrity, and empathy. In addition to formal schooling, parents should also teach their children God’s word and help them to develop a strong faith and love for the Lord. Mark 8:36 says “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” I believe that this concept can be applied to academics. What good is it for someone to have a PH.D if they don’t know God and their heart isn’t in the right place?
To conclude, I believe that education is an important part of society and that it works best when it helps students learn to think critically and grow in character and faith. If a person knows how to do that and has a strong faith, I believe that they’ll go on to do great things.
In the words of Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”