Friday I talked about the cheating scandal in the Atlanta public schools, and suggested Christians have a terrific opportunity to make a difference in education. Why? Not because Christians will never cheat. shouldn’t but we will. Christians can make a difference because our view of humanity gives us a better foundation for education.
No Child Left Behind attempts to reign in failing schools and systems. The motivation is right, but just regurgitating on a test doesn’t make you educated. It treats students like empty brains and incentivizes teachers to teach for a test and not for life.
Neal Postman once wrote that modern education fails not because it doesn’t teach facts and figures, but because it offers no vision of a coherent, connected life. We aren’t just knowers, we’re dreamers, and lovers and our knowledge needs to be tempered and shaped by virtue and character, and accountability to God and man. That’s a vision we can offer the culture.