By Glen Schultz
A Summary and Reaction Paper by Carol Horner
I am completely committed to the principles contained in this book. If I weren’t, my life would look quite different. I am committed not only to teaching in a Christian school where these principles are upheld but we (as a family) are committed to having our daughter educated in such a school. It is the most important thing in her life. We sought a school that we felt would increase her faith and her love for God, seek to stretch her in areas of servant hood, where her teachers were prayer warriors and would teach her the value of prayer, where she will learn that fulfilling God’s plan for her life is more important than any plan she will ever have, and where her friends would come from likeminded families.
I agree with the principle that the education of the child is the parents’ responsibility. I do believe it is the responsibility of both parents and yet what I find to be true in a lot of cases is that the mother takes the bulk of the responsibility in this. What we need is to get the fathers more involved. This is referred to on page 76 but no practical steps are given for getting the fathers more involved.
The passage on page 31 about every child we teach being a unique creation of God was something that was dwelt on heavily during my graduate studies at Covenant. This means we need to stand back and look at each child carefully and try to discern just who that child is. He is created in God’s image and is a perfect creation – meaning God created him exactly the way He desired him to be. Now we get to take that creation in our classroom and find a way to reach him with our curriculum (according to his learning style) and at the same time be moving him toward becoming more like Christ.
I found the diagram on page 44 to be very helpful in looking at the timeline of how our system of education went from being Biblically based to...