What is true education? Is it reading enough to pass a test? Is it the quest of gaining a bunch of facts in order to impress others? Are we to just focus on the mental aspect of our person or are we to develop the physical and spiritual aspect of being as well? Could it be that the traditional understanding of mainstream education is too narrow? For many years I pondered over questions like these.
From a biblical standpoint, two texts come to mind. " [In God] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". Colossians 2:3 "He [God] has counsel and understanding. Job 12:13. If we were to excel in all fields of knowledge in all educational disciplines we still would not be able to claim that we know it all.
One must realize that there is One who transcends all knowledge in which by engaging in communion with Him will impart all of the wisdom one needs.
From antiquity until now, there have only been two trees of education. One tenet is that man is supreme and in control, lacking nothing and should do as he wills.The other tenet is understanding and accepting the fact that finite beings are broken and need to be restored back to perfection in body, mind, and soul. Therefore, true education should lift man up closer to the Creator, not down.
True education focuses on the building up of character. When parents understand this, and vow to focus on teaching by example such character traits of unselfishness, kindness, and compassion, they will see that such virtues as these underlie all true development and not only makes the child a pleasure in the home, but in society as well.
True education seeks to develop leaders and train one to be a thinker and not one who regurgitates the thoughts of another. True education teaches one to be a successful, law-abiding citizen and not a victim of circumstance.
Let's not sell ourselves and children short. Let's seek to give them a higher education one that cannot be confined to the classroom. This type of education, true education will not only be a blessing in this life; but in the life to come.
"Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that getting understanding." Proverbs 3:13
*Next month we will look at the importance of building character in our children and how society is affected by this neglect.
Written by Nikisha Lee
Nikisha is the co-owner of Droolees LLC and former formal educator for over 20 years. She is passionate about the concept of true education, recognizing that the majority of learning is done outside of the classroom and that there is a stark difference between school and education. Her passion has always been teaching young people to strive for excellence and not have a victim mentality. "Live to bless others" is her motto and she and her family travel worldwide, inspiring ordinary people to live extraordinary lives in utilizing all of the talents that have been given to them.