Thoughts Concerning the Education of our Children- Part 1


Thoughts Concerning the Education of our Children-Part 1

While my blogs are intended for all who are interested in Oakwood Christian Academy, I would like to undertake a series on the topic of Christian education and direct it especially toward our parents. I will keep each one short and to the point!

It is interesting to note, according to reliable research cited by the Independent School Management group, that parents enroll their children in private schools for five primary reasons:

Safety of my child
Faculty care and concern
Character education
Faculty expertise, and
Academic rigor

These are all important reasons. But I would like to suggest an even higher priority that should underlie our rationale as Christian parents. One way this priority could be stated is in the words of the Apostle Paul: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Col 2:8). We may be put off by Paul’s use of terminology unfamiliar to many in our generation: “philosophy, empty deception, tradition of men, and elementary principles of this world.” But if we take God’s word seriously, we need to come to grips with Paul’s strategic admonition as it applies to the education of our children.

In this context, I have been told a number of times that most parents cannot or do not want to take the time to think deeply about the nature of their children’s education, especially in this more “philosophic” context of Paul’s words. But I cannot agree with this argument. Indeed, as parents we are deeply committed to our children, and I believe we all desire a deeper appreciation for some of the more profound issues underlying the nature of their education. So, as I develop this series, I hope you will give it your prayerful consideration (even if it “makes your head hurt,” as some of my students used to tell me!).

While I realize that to some degree I am “preaching to the choir,” we need very much to be on the same page in working together at Oakwood Christian Academy for the spiritual health and well-being of this next generation. Consider, too, forwarding these blogs to church leaders, friends, and others you believe might be interested in this topic.

In closing, and as a contrast to the negatively stated concern by Paul as quoted above, let me reference Samuel Adams, who affirmed this same priority in more positive terms: “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system” (Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790). While today we might state this principle more in the context of leading our children to a personal relationship with Christ, Adams certainly makes his point in a very articulate manner. Would that we had this same emphasis in our present national leadership!