Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lecture Series:
Lecture 1: On Education

Why be educated? The two most common responses to this question are as follows: To achieve one's highest potential; or, to secure the best possible life. Now neither of these are poor responses, but they raise other questions.

On the first point, a series of questions naturally follows: What does "highest potential" even mean? Why is it important to achieve one's highest potential? Can a person be happy without achieving his highest potential? Is the goal of life to find and express self? Will I neglect others in my attempts at self-improvement? Perhaps it would be better to help others achieve their goals.

On the second point we see another series of questions: What is the "good life?" Why does it matter that I should have the good life? Perhaps it is acceptable to me to have an average life or an "almost good" life. Can I achieve a "successful" life without a formal education? Isn't it possible for me to learn what I need to learn through life experience? Who is a greater success? The intellectual who makes little money or the millionaire high school drop out? And if they can both be successful, what makes them successful? And if they are both successful, then isn't it true that formal education is only subjectively important (important only to certain individuals who may need it, but many, perhaps most, don't need it)?

Now the point of asking these questions is simply to highlight that the question, "why be educated," is a worldview question, meaning that one's view of reality will shape the answer. For example, what might an atheistic professor say in answer to this question? What might a pantheistic naturalist (someone who believes that the universe is God) say? Or what might a pop-culture atomaton (robot) say?

And to our point: What might a Christian say in response to the question of motivation in education? I can think of at least four sound reasons for a Christian to pursue education:

One, to examine God's world in order to become more intimately aquainted with Him. Men like Kepler and Newton believed that to do science was to "think God's thoughts after Him." For them, the sciences were a way to figure out how the genius behind the universe put it together. This enterprise only enlarged their admiration for Him. The natural theologian, William Paley, once said that the sciences provide us with an invitation to "a continued act of adoration." Do you think of your science class as an opportunity for worship? Why not? If it is mundane or boring to you, then perhaps the problem lies with you! Newton saw the whole natural world as a Cathedral and the mind as the only fitting instrument of ultimate praise.

Two, to examine God's revelation more carefully, having developed the skills of a competent thinker. Many students carry around with them the unworthy idea that education is meaningless unless it is "used" later in life. They say things like, "when will I ever use this math lesson?" Or, "I'm planning to be a scientist, why should I care about the poetry of Shakespeare?" The expression of these ideas indicates a person who is either simply immature or foolish. The philosopher Martin Heideggar said, "It is not what you are going to do with philosophy that matters (the answer to that is probably nothing); but what philosophy is doing with you." The Christian understands that the purpose of education is not merely pragmatic (relevant to how I might apply it), but it is organic. It has to do with retraining my perceptions about the world, aligning them with how God wants me to see the world. It has to do with transforming me to be useful in God's purposes and plans, or at the very least to be able to detect God's purposes and plans.

Three, to set forth God's truth to the world as clearly, artfully and persuasively as I can. As Lewis says, "God never intended the Bible to replace the ordinary human arts and sciences." It is a director or guide to them all. It should be clear that if my speech regarding my faith is incoherent, it will have no impact on other lives. In fact, it may incite ridicule. It is not my place to change the hearts of people, but it is my place to be obedient to God's call to enlarge my talents as much as possible so that their use may be effective in God's hands. It is time for Christians everywhere to know what it is they believe and why they believe it and then to be able to out-think those representing other worldviews.

Four, to become my best self as an act of penitent gratitude for God's prodigious generosity with me. Here I am, a sinner, condemned, isolated from God; an enemy, guilty of treason against the high king of heaven, and yet he has redeemed me, empowered me, transformed me and set me to some glorious use in His eternal plan. What more can I do than obey His challenge to be as excellent as I can be mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually? God has asked me to participate with Him in his work of holistic transformation.

And now a few practical points with respect to this class:

One, Bible class (in this case Contemporary Philosophical Issues) should require your highest and best intellectual effort.

A few interesting facts: You will not face a single question on the Trinity on the SAT. Many schools could not possibly care less how you perform in these classes (secular schools). Most of your public school contemporaries (peers) do not take these classes and never learn this material, ever, in their lives. And yet many of them attend fine universities and eventually enjoy successful careers.

These facts have led some Christian schools to conclude that Bible classes should be emotionally and interpersonally appealing, relevant, etc. rather than academic in nature. At BCHS, we think that idea is ridiculous.

What makes the Christian school Christian is not the people, faculty, or the name Christian on the letterhead, at least not primarily. What makes the Christian school Christian is its understanding of truth. And this is a truth we will hold you accountable for learning. Of course we can't make you believe it, but is it really all that surprising that we at least insist that you know it?

A warning comes with this. If you give your best academic effort to everything else and then your leftovers to this class, your grade will show it. And more importantly, you life will show it. For the true Christian, a fervent and disciplined effort in this class will be another expression of love for God.

Response to a Common Objection: "But Bible class should be about loving Jesus, not academics."

Why must we think of the two as mutually exclusive. Such an attitude comes from the postmodern influence among Christians. In our Bible department, we do not accept the notion that faith and reason are separate and unrelated domains, or that heart and mind are separate and unrelated domains. But many Christians today think this way. They think that loving God is an affair of the heart, and science (or work, politics, even yard maintenance) is an affair of the mind. Here we adopt Augustine's view, "I believe in order that I may understand." Faith and reason are intimately integrated. Much more will be said on this in the second semester. For now, it will suffice to ask a simple question: If faith and reason are unrelated phenomena, then why would study ever be required of the Christian? All he would ever need do is move with the swelling of his passions.

Since this is our philosophy, you should not think of the Bible class as youth group. And the next point is related to this--namely, that the Bible class specializes in affairs of the mind without affirming that there is a separation between mind and heart. We cannot provide for the whole Christian experience of students, but we can assist in the development of the Christian mind. And that is our specialization. The Church is supposed to be the place where the holistic needs of Christians are met. Unfortunately in many Churches there is little if any education occurring. Much more can be said here, but let it suffice for now simply to affirm that BCHS, including its chapels and Bible classes, is not the Church, but an educational institution, commissioned by parents to assist in the whole development of their children. Of course we are going to have a limited role here, but hopefully a significant role.

For the true Christian, this academic opportunity will be interpreted in light of a desire for whole development, and as such will be received as yet another opportunity for the enrichment of the life of faith. The low minded person will see his or her theological or philosophical education as a drudgery or as an unnecessary diversion from "heart matters."

The second practical point is this: Not everyone is equally smart.

There has been in the last 40 years or so an effort in education to make self-esteem rather than accomplishment primary in education. This has fueled a culture of low expectations, both in the academic and professional worlds. Bill Gates is famous for his derision of this approach to education. He points out that in life one is applauded only after there is some significant accomplishment and not as an incentive to make the attempt. And it really doesn't matter how hard one tries. In the real world, there are no points for "trying our best." Failure is punished with harsh and often lasting consequences in the professional and adult world.

We don't want anyone thinking that they are inferior, and so various theories are offered to level the playing field. The suggestion was made by various intellectuals that perhaps everyone is equally smart, just in different ways. Some are kinesthetic (body) smart, others book smart, others relational, still others verbal, or visual, etc. But really is this adequate? Is it really true that everyone is equally capable of high level problem solving, comprehension, memory and all the other marks of truly exceptional thinkers? Of course not. No one would suggest that everyone is equally capable physically. Can everyone run a 200 meter dash in 20 seconds? As a teacher, it seems to me obvious that, as we see various levels of physical skill, we also see various levels of mental skill.

Once I encountered a coach who informed me that coaches were superior to teachers because they could take an athlete at a given skill level and bring him into the team and make use of his unique talents, even significantly improving on those talents over time. Nobody felt inferior or left out because the coach saw to it that everyone had a role that fit his giftedness. And he believed that teachers couldn't accomplish this for every student in a classroom and that is why they failed certain students. This, to him, was a sign of the failure of the teacher and not the student. As it turns out, he was upset with me for failing a couple of the members of his baseball team. So his basic premise was that I was not able to work with these students who had various academic disadvantages and that made me inferior to a coach who can work with various athletic disadvantages. I asked him one question that ended the conversation. I said, "I hear you coach, but did you make any cuts before the season began?" He got the point.

The simple fact is that not everyone is equally smart, and that says nothing about the inherent value of people before God. Jesus died on the cross for the intellectually advantaged and the intellectual disadvantaged, but a school need not affirm that everyone is or ought to be equal intellectually.

But... and this is a significant But!... It is clear from the parable of the talents that God expects everyone to make the most of what they have.

Practically this means two things: One, it is the teachers job to create an environment of academic pressure, of stress, that will call students to excellence while not expecting that everyone will become Augustine or Lewis. And two, it is the students job to aim for perfection while giving himself or herself permission to be in process. If a student is not willing to do this, then he or she should get out of the way!

Now, I've emphasized disparity in intellectual ability. But there is also the issue of disparity in intellectual curiosity and desire (work-ethic). It has been my observation in 14 years of high school teaching that those people we refer to as the "smartest" are often not the most capable, but are simply the most diligent. One can consider the stories of Jerry Rice and Peter Jennings as examples of this phenomenon.

Peter Jennings was the news anchor for ABC for years. A few years ago he died of lung cancer and during the various tributes to his life and work, it became clear that his thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. The man never earned a college degree and yet he knew more than most degreed individuals because of his relentless pursuit of knowledge.

Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver in the history of the NFL. It is widely known that his best 40 yard dash time was a paltry 4.6 seconds. He came from a rather small college and was not a particularly high draft pick. No one could have guessed that this rather average athlete, at least by NFL standards, would become arguably its greatest player of all time. Over his time in the NFL, Rice's secret became clear. His work-ethic literally defied comprehension. He would run a 6 mile track up the hills surrounding San Francisco at near sprint speeds. Other players tried to match his workouts and collapsed in exhaustion every time. Rice's attitude was always, "You will not outwork me!"

In my experience as a high school teacher, this has been the attitude of the finest students I've encountered. Granted, many of them possessed rare intellectual gifts, but not all of them. And imagine what a student with great intellectual gifts can accomplish if they match those gifts with a sound work-ethic.

Now it is possible to go too far with this into "overwork." Ben Franklin once said, in praise of a rigorous work-ethic, "There will be plenty of time for sleep in the grave." The problem with this attitude is that one will reach the grave quicker and will undermine one's capacity for longevity if it is seriously applied. Some of you may need to think about this. Can you really do all that you've committed to do, and do so with excellence? Perhaps it is better to do 3 things well than 6 poorly.

But is this the general problem with our culture today? I would say no. Most people don't need encouragement to make more time for leisure, for television, etc. Most people suffer from simple laziness, which, according to Plato, is the fundamental flaw in humanity.

And now a third practical point: Education is necessary to achieving true human excellence.

Of course, one's understanding of "human excellence" will have to be provided by his worldview (philosophy of life), but here we will work with the assumption that human excellence has to do with achieving one's potential and being generally successful, in the way society commonly defines those terms.

Given those definitions, the most common objection to point three is, "Look at men like Edison and Einstein or Bill Gates. They struggled in school and were still geniuses. In fact, they did poorly in school because they were bored with school."

The obvious response to this is to note that each of these men were highly self-educated. Self-education does not mean you receive no help. You simply control the times, people and frequency of the help you receive. And usually they seek more help than the average degreed individual, not less.

So yes, you may be bored with high school because you are genius. My advice would be to drop out, take the equivalency exam and conduct your education so that you can move on to greater heights than is possible here.

But if you are not Edison, Einstein or Gates, then perhaps you should just sit quietly and consider that there is knowledge here to be gained.

And now a few moments of straight talk:

Some of you listened to this, others heard only more academic static.

Some of you later in life will blame parents and teachers for a deficiency in your understanding, or your inability to get into the college you want, etc. But that will be foolish. You have no excuse.
Some of you in your educational life will learn only how to jump through academic hoops. In other words, you will learn to work the system, give the teacher what he wants and do the minimum to "earn a grade" rather than learning.

Some of you will earn diploma's, even BA's, and still be poor thinkers.

Some of you will even cheat your way through high school, college and your job, and you won't be caught.

It is possible that someone in here could become a millionaire fool.

And some of you will become wise. Who will be the philosophers among us?

84 comments:

Anonymous said...

The true purpose of education, for anyone should be to gain knowledge of this world and use that knowledge to grow closer to finding out the truth. For Christians, we want to know God's truth, but even for someone who does not believe in God, the purpose of education should remain the same.
One of the questions in this blog reminded me of our philosophy video project last year. We had asked two young girls what they thought the good life was, and they had replied, "When you come home happy." I found it interesting that there was no mention of God, or learning about Him, even somehow incorporating Him in our life. They just wanted to be happy. Many of us feel like happiness will give us a good life, but we need to realize that we can't truly attain happiness if we don't have a relationship with God in our life. We may gain happiness through small material things, but that will quickly fade away. The happiness we gain from God is eternal, and that should define a good life.

~Harman Sidhu, Period 7

Anonymous said...

I really like this statement that was made "What makes the Christian school Christian is not the people, faculty, or the name Christian on the letterhead, at least not primarily. What makes the Christian school Christian is its understanding of truth. And this is a truth we will hold you accountable for learning." i believe that completely its very true
Sarajoy Unfried Period 2

Anonymous said...

What really spoke to me in this blog was the point out of how students say "how will this affect me later in life" or along those lines. I never really thought of looking at every subject as a whole and seeing how God wants us to see the world. I was like those students not seeing the picture as a whole. I really enjoyed the section of Kepler and Newton saying "think God's thoughts after Him" because as we learn something new and actually put thought into how the results came about; we can see how the process started from one simple idea to a completely different substance, like a math equation. Another interesting point was the self education part, it really amazed me that Edison, Einstein and Gates were incredibly intelligent men from self education. It's nice to know that not every genius had it come naturally, but they put in their own effort.

Marissa Richards Period 6

Owen Schoneveld said...

In my opinion, i believe that education should be the main concern in our lives, besides God, as young men and women. Education is necessary to expand our minds and be able to see what God has put around us and the diversity He created. Today in our class discussion you mentioned that Bible should be the class where students should give forth their best effort, and i completely agree. If Bible was not the most important subject to students then our school has drifted from being a university to a multiversity; making Bible just "another subject." Yes, we are not equally smart, but each of us should push ourselves to our maximums to achieve true human excellence. And yes, their will be the people who cheat, lie, or do the bare minimum to succed and will end up succeeding too, but in the end God will know the true workers and will reward them as well.

Jove Hu said...

Why do we go to school? For a good job in future? I don't think so. You can try to ask Chinese student:"what major do you want to learn in college?" 90% of them will answers something like finance. Is all about money. Maybe we can make some "good life" with money. But I think the true "good life" can not without God. We need to go to school because we need to know more about God.


By Jove Hu

James O'Rourke, Period 7 said...

Taking education seriously and for all its potential can be a difficult thing sometimes. If something is not interesting, I am oftern tempted to ignore it or memorize it and regurgitate it for a test- I don't take the time and effort to really learn it. Other times I try to learn the material but find myself asking- especially in math class- "When am I ever goping to use this?" I learned in CPI that this was a terrible attitude to have for school. I realized in that class that the best attitude to have is one that says, "So what if I don't use it? In one way or another it is helping me better understand the world and myself."

Morris Huang said...

We should not go to school and stay there without doing anything but waiting for the end of the class, We should genuinely learn something and find the truth through taking the class, the education. Accepting education helps us to know God and follow his truth better. Although everyone is not equally smart and talented, we could still acquire what we want and what we need through learning.

Yifan Huang - Period 1

James O'Rourke, Period 7 said...

Taking education seriously can be difficult at times. I often find myself ignoring subjects that bore or disinterest me, or I memorize the required information and reguritate it on paper for a test. I don't take the time to actually learn everything in every class. I rationalize this by thinking that I will never use this information or that I that I am making the most of my time by trading off quality for quantity. I know that this isn't truth, but I accept it anyway. In CPI, I learned that this attitude is not just a bad attitude but a detrimental attitude. I am trying to make my new attitude one that says, "So what if I don't like it? So what if I don't use it? In one way or another it will help me to better understand the world or myself."

Tanner Harris said...

I think that education is very necessary for understanding life in general. Even before I heard Mr. Sutherland talk of how everything fits together, I always thought of life as a big puzzle and, once all the pieces were together, would reveal the wholeness of God himself. However there are so many puzzle pieces that it is very hard (yet not impossible) to find and fit them all together. Education through theology is the guide to understanding Him. Life is pointless if you go through it without a relationship with God. I know that I'm not the best at singing, basketball, or playing a lot of musical instruments, but I am good at tennis, building things, and Drama, so I try to use my talents to glorify Him as best I can. We should all strive to glorify our Creator with our own individual talents, for that is our purpose. Everyone worships differently.

Anonymous said...

Bradley Robinson period 1... The simple fact is that not everyone is equally smart, and that says nothing about the inherent value of people before God. Jesus died on the cross for the intellectually advantaged and the intellectual disadvantaged, but a school need not affirm that everyone is or ought to be equal intellectually. I agree with this blog so much because all this is true.I agree how people are not equally smart we have a spirituial gift that God gave us and we need to use at the best of our ability. What im gonna learn in this class is how to deffend my faith and learn the facts of how to believe Jesus Christ the Creator. As the scripture says Not everyone will be the hands,feet,heart,ears,but we will all function as one body for the glory of God:)

Anonymous said...

I think this article is movitional/inspiring in a sense. It opened my eyes to a whole different way to view education as Christian and what it means to truly be successful. It definitely sparked my interest in learning, learning more about God's hand in the meaning of education, and how He is at the center of it all.
"The Christian understands that the purpose of education is not merely pragmatic (relevant to how I might apply it), but it is organic. " (Heideggar)


---Oliver Shevchenko

Anonymous said...

It makes sense that if there is no God or heaven that there is no point in trying hard in school. if you die and just go no where after that then there is absolutely no point. And its sad to hear about the "motivations" they use for the students in public schools. It is important to use the best of your abilities in school and well in anything that you do because whatever you do your doing it for God. So you could go through school cheating and getting the best grades and never get caught and end up earning a lot of money but in the end, once you get it all, at one point your going to end up unhappy. Id rather have a job that pays little that i actually enjoy doing and actually worked my way up to it because in the end i'll have the satisfaction of knowing I worked for that and it payed off because I enjoy what I do. Also one thing in this assignment that actually made me look at life a little differently is Newton saw the whole natural world as a Cathedral and the mind as the only fitting instrument of ultimate praise. ---Juliana Vandborg

Clover Zhou said...

Is the "smart" in the point "Not everybody is equally smart" defined as "academically and mentally smart"? I believe everybody has his own superior part, probably not in academia but in other areas such as interpersonal communication . It's completely true that not everybody has the same intellence in academic work or even daily life, but I think those people who don't show their talent academically must have some things that they are gifted in. As I said in the class long time ago( like a week), God has divided the work for us; we each has our jobs and roles. Do we have to be capable in high level problem solving to love God , love people and love ourselves? I don't think our equality should always be compared in the same field. You are right, there's no such things like" try our best" in the reality. We should not only work our tail off but also choose the right field for us to work hard on. The fundamental subjects'knowledge and the ability of thinking are obligato for us; but to choose the domain that we are trying to be expert in ,is God's chose and ours. -------Clover Zhou 3rd period.

Anonymous said...

This article was really interesting to me. I think it opened my eyes a little bit more about how i view education. Most people use education as a way to succeed in life, and just do it because they know they have to. I was one of those people and I had the same type of mind set. After reading this article and learning more about what God's plan is and how important education really is, it definetly made me think more about education and God's plan.

Lauren Harper said...

What stands out to me the most about this blog is its straightforwardness. I am happy that it was stated that 'not everyone is equally smart', because it's true. God has given us all different gifts and abilities so we can better His Kingdom in the way that HE wants for us individually to. The body of the Church cannot be separated by the longing of someone wanting to have the abilities of someone else. (i.e., the example of a hand wanting to be a foot or something). We were created in variety, because God enjoys different.
Another thing, if someone just slides by in life, cheating and not aiming to please God with what they do, where is the satisfaction? The delight of doing something dilligently for the glory of God is something words cannot describe. His pleasure, when we give Him glory, is simply breathtaking. :)

Elsa Braun said...

It seems to me that Christians moved by passion would also be moved by philosophy. Because their belief is based on truth and the Bible, would they not want to understand everything in it? Christianity shows order and pattterns in creation reflecting the logical attribute of God. Atheism is random and does not follow a pattern other than whatever random circumstance in the enviroment affects an organism. All Christians should want to understand the logic of the Bible, written by divinely inspired authors revealed the thoughts of the orderly God, a god of logos.

Anonymous said...

I believe education is very important because we use it to understand life.We use education on a daily basis to help us understand Gods words. We all need to try our best and work hard even if we arent equally smart. God gave us intelligence so we need to use it to the best of our ability. - Megan Boyd

Anonymous said...

I would have to admit that it's very easy to find school boring and not applicable to life, and i have definitely said the line, "when am i going to use this in my life?" I think it takes a certain level of maturity to look past the mere academics of school and start looking at how school as a whole is meant to teach us the skills we need for our future, in things such as making decisions, learning organization, and how to intelligently defend our faith. Is education ultimately important? yes.But education cannot become something that we become so consumed with and focused on that we lose sight of our purpose on earth. In the end, the grades we got, the amount of knowledge we aquired isn't what God cares about the most, He cares about what you did to advance His kingdom. There are plenty of examples in the Bible of people who probably had little to no education, but did amazing things for God. Does that mean we should forget about education altogether then? No. We have been given the opportunity to recieve an education and increase our knowledge and should take full advantage of it. Yes, it may be pretty much a must to go to school in this day and age, so as Christians, we need to learn how to make the most of it and "work as though working for the Lord and not for man." The level at which we can learn may vary from person to person, but that shouldn't stop us from striving to reach our full intellectual potential. I absolutely agree that if, for nothing else, we cling to education as a means of advancing our knowledge of our incredible God, and use it as a means of praising Him.
-Brooke Staley

ZhaoHong Jin said...

Why we receive high school or even college education? That is a question many students struggle with.TO find a good job, to earn money, to accomplish goals...They are all common answers given buy students or even by parents. However,education is not limited in pactical use, but a great way for us to get access to the God. We achieve execellence in school means we are getting more and more close to the God. We learn because we need knowledge to know God, to know his world, to find our place in his world, and to serve his world well. Your relationship with God is not simply believe, but a strong understand to it. You have to study hard and do the best you can to get the ultimate truth.
ZhaoHong Jin
period 1

Anonymous said...

Receving a legitimate, respected education is something everyone should want to strive for. The part of this blog that stood out to me the most was when you asked the reader which is better: The intellectual with little money, or the millionare highschool dropout? Having a good education and possessing the quality of critical-thinking are higher than any sum of money. Without a quality education your own self morals and ideas will be based off of pure self-opinion, which ultimately proves nothing. Being well educated is also important in defending our faith. Typically, people with other worldviews (athiests, agnostics, etc.) dont just decide they're bored with a religion and take up athiesm, for example. They do their research and EDUCATE themselves on the subject. This way, they know how to defend what they do or don't believe against some of the toughest critics. More christians need this mindset instead of the "I believe in Jesus because the Bible says so" argument. I also liked the point about faith and reason working and corresponding with eachother. Faith doesnt function without reason and vice versa. Like you said, not everyone is equally intelligent, but i believe that everyone can try just as hard. Work-ethic is huge. Laziness is even bigger. -Chloe Graham period 4

Anonymous said...

-Courtney Cleveland per2
Education is not for jumping through the hoops to make your teachers happy. Education is for discovering something new and interesting new everyday and learning the truth about God. In my opinion everyone should have an education. I'm not saying noone has the ability to become the next Einstein or Bill Gates because anyone has the potential, but even if they did and had an education they could at least appreciate the things that were able to discover. Part of the education that may not be used in life that people complain about can lead to great discoveries.I'm saying this: If we didn't have any education we'd still be stuck in the stone ages! Even our basic education is so important to us. We use education in our every day lives. Without it we would have so many question as to why the sky is so blue, and what is two plus two? Education was made to to expand our minds and let us be able to see what God and put around us. Instead of us complaining about another boring school day; think of your education as a cathedral. praise God for making it happen and appreciate the great amount of education He has given us.

Anonymous said...

The phrase that stood out the most to me was, "Faith and reason are intimately integrated." The question that followed about why a Christian should even be required to study if the two were unrelated is interesting because in this day and age, most Christians seem to thrive on those "swelling passions" of their faith. Throughout history, this seems to have been a common theme in Christianity. Though many are content with the passionate part of their faith, I agree that it is not enough, though it is necessary to have a relationship with God that thrives, especially in this day and age with all the chaos, because it is good to know that God is there for us to give us peace and joy. As we learned quickly though with the few days with "Dr. Smith," it is hard for most of us to even back up our faith. I believe that is where reason and education come in. Personally, I have come a long way with the emotional and passionate part of my faith, but it has never been enough for me because I have always been one to want proof. It is necessary for any Christian to have reason as well to be able to back up his faith if he wants to continue on the path of God's will. Faith and reason together allow us to be able to fulfill God's will for us because then we can begin to comprehend His plans for us on a deeper level. -Claryce Lazerson

Anonymous said...

Christians in present times have begun to believe that academics and their faith have no linking features. But they do. The mind and heart are connected, even, and especially, in a religion that is based on belief. Education should be as equally important to a Christian as is their religion. God has gifted humans in so many ways:emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally; why wouldn't we want to utilize them for God's glory? This can be done by seeking a higher education in order to use if for the glory of God and seeking after His will. When most people think of college and higher education, they think it can only be for the intellectually gifted. No, every person, no matter their intellectual ability should seek a way to learn and understand more about God and His universe.
~Shannon Foy (Period 4)

Anonymous said...

Education should be more then a staircase leading you to a future that holds wealth and a lifestyle that is pleasing to you and only you. Without the desire to want to learn, what is the point? And then again, even if you desire to learn and be an educated human being it should be out of your curiosity about God and what he is doing in this world or is it to ensure you have a bright future. And when it comes to coaches they should not only be aware but also be strict on athletes when it comes to school work and building an education on the court as well as in the classroom.
- Ericka Lopez

Anonymous said...

Why should anyone have a education at all I mean you can get by without one you need a purpose and I think this article shows this very well. Geeting a good carrear is not a good answer because there are people who have.not gotten a education at all and bacame rich. A real reason is to get to know God for what he did for us.
-chase D

Anonymous said...

This article really opened my eyes on how i view today's education. I've kinda gone threw school just doing what i need to do, so i can play sports. This article opened me up because i know i should change the way i am when i go to school. I'm tired of doing the littlest amount so i can succeed. It made me think about God's plan in my education.

Cody Mashburn per. 3

Tanner Howard Period 7 said...

Honestly,what perplexes me most about this is that many any the atheistic camp put a large value on education, especially in the sciences. As we have noted in class, however, if the world is simply random, as atheism suggests, then why do science if it is simply attempting to follow randomness? The point is that atheists have no reason for education other than to prepare for a better life, and even that falls through since studying the random would never better anyone's life in any way ever! The atheists is left with a purpose for education that either falls through immediately, or after you point out that the subject they often put the most faith in for their answer of "why be educated" is still pointless, even with their answer.

Anonymous said...

The entirity of our life revolves around our education. Some people drop out of school because of difficulty or to find an occupation that doesn't require education. I agree with this post because abandoning education will most of the time lead to regret. The role of humanity in nearly every world view is to achieve greatness and the way we do this is through learning and applying. Even though you could find happiness without education, you are not showing your true potential by giving up on education. Though I understand that some people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson all dropped out of school, that is because they were certain of their occupational choices and their genius led to innovations that changed the world. Though I believe that pursuing education is not only better for oneself, I also believe that being the best person you can be is the duty God gave to all of us by making us intelligent beings.

Laurens Gibson

Anonymous said...

The reason that I think we should study education is not to just get a good job in the future but to also glorify God. Glorifying God through learning is a great way to worship his works. God thought everything that we thought before we even knew what it was. God has a master plan behind everything. By learning we can understand how God thought and thinks. We can understand how puzzle pieces now match together when before they might not have. Learning is like worship to God but in a different way. Another reason why I think we need to be educated is to get a good career. Our life on Earth should be great, and although money isn't everything knowledge may be. Having a good career can help you out with raising your family and being a role model to your children. Education is not good for your soul but it is also good mentally. Education can be used to glorify God and understand they way he thought.
~ Jenna Buoni, Period 6

Allison Epperly said...

This is a very interesting article. I think that education is a vital part of life because it is a test getting you ready for the real world. Working hard to achieve an education can be the best satisfaction that is available. If you finish high school strong, everything else you do will make you that much stronger. Everyone is not equally smart so the weakest in school have to work the hardest. If the smartest person in the room is not giving the glory to God, then he is just doing it to get by. The one giving the glory to God will be the one that will feel the most satisfaction because they are working towards a goal. Don't take for granted what God has given to you, do your best and the results will follow

-Allison Epperly Period 3

Anonymous said...

I love the statement ,"What makes the Christian school Christian is not the people, faculty, or the name Christian on the letterhead." I believe this is true I think more than anything people shape their environment. We must apply ourselves to become the best well rounded human being. God wanted us to be the best human beings we can so it is our job to insure we are. We need to set back the lazy attitudes and become what we are capable of.
Genna Edwards Period 2

Delaney Goltry said...

What really stood out to me was that "not everyone is equally smart". Even though this is true,I think people take it the wrong way. I think that people get it in their heads that if they're not as smart as the next person, they shouldn't try. They give up and become lazy, and try to do the bare minimum. What I got from this was that even though we may not be the smartest individuals on the planet, we need to try. God wants us to try our hardest. As long as we strive to do our best, I think God will be happy. I completely disagree with what Bill Gates said. Trying our best is good enough, because we have that self satisfaction that we did the best we could. I believe if we all try, we all become successful, because we are pleasing the Lord with our actions. Although some of us may not be as successful in life, we should be content in the Lord, and content in the fact that we tried our best.

Ezekiel Eicher said...

So, I've found that when you get to the blog on Thursday, all the information has already been covered in class. i've really been trying more lately to see the arts and sciences as acts of worship, and I actually came to the conclusion last night that I think I really like math now. Kinda scared me. But when I do nothing, I feel rather lazy and worthless and pathetic; when I work, I feel true joy and satisfaction and even a rebellion against the human condition. It really is quite amazing. In finding these things, I consequently feel and think as though I am closer to God. I really liked the quote from Newton about the world being a Cathedral and the mind the only proper instrument; I really feel like I can connect with that. I also enjoy education from these blogs. I would say CSI is my second favorite class, just behind AP Chemistry. And I don't see a problem with that.

Anonymous said...

While it is true that not everyone is equally smart, it is also true that teenagers often take advantage of this idea. If everyone is not equally smart, then I will be just as "dumb" as everyone else and get by without having to do all the hard work. It is true that there are people with learning disabilities and such that handicap them from learning to the full potential as a fully functioning mind. However, students tend to be lazy and not put forth the effort that is required to use their brain capacity to the full level. This is also tempting because students think that they can breeze through in high school and get serious in college, because it is the college classes that count in life anyways. It is the college classes that lead to the job, not the high school classes. So, why put out your best effort on these seemingly low-significance classes? I think laziness plagues students' minds more often than being unhappy with the course they are taking and thinking they will never use it in life.

-Sarah Sperling (period 7)

Brandon Vincent Period 4 said...

The idea of us going to school just to get further in our lives was really my idea through freshman and sophomore year. I thought that if I could just get by then everything would be good once I get a job, but that is the wrong thought to have. Like in the article the real reason we go to a school is to learn about God and how He works. We should do our best not because we need to get by, but that we need to because God wants us to. It makes me feel guilty in the fact that my mindset was like this for years and years. We all need to do our best in everything that we do, including all of our academics, sports, and other activities.

Anonymous said...

Education is very important to have. Without it where would we be now? It is unimaginable to think what this world would be like without education. Education has and will be increasing until the the very end. I can say it will be very rewarding if we stick with it. -Mark Gregory Period 2

Anonymous said...

"Everyone is born with knowledge but only the educated know how to use it to its full extent" (President Hoover.) Knowledge is something everyone should strive for sure it can help you later on with jobs and money, but education should be something we hope to achieve regardless. The expansion in realizing the truth with an education for an example: The whole part of an education is to be able to grow in life, which also accounts for are spiritual self being. Everyone has there disadvantages obviously and they find it easy just to "work the system" but If God is a God of logos, shouldn't the goal be to succeed, try hard, and want to be in an a education environment regardless of how it benefits us? Why must we think of the two as mutually exclusive. Sure we can learn and be successful but why not put in the effort to become the best. "You will not out work me."
-Michael Decicco
Period 3

Anonymous said...

I thought this article was very interesting and it opened my eyes a little more to what education is and why it is important. I've always thought education was important but more along the lines of we need to go to school so we can learn and find a good job that makes a lot of money so we can provide for our families. But that might not be Gods plan for us his plan could be something totally different like making average pay or his plan could be joining the army. And another interesting thing that was said was that students say all the time when are we going to us this in life? this has nothing to do with my major? and i am guilty of this too because i have said this many different times. But now reading this article and listening to Mr.Sutherland lectures i have learned that there is something way more important. We go to learn to know god to know his world to know my place in his world and how to serve his world well.
Zachary wakefield period:1

Kim said...

I have definitely used the line, "When am I going to use this in life?" and I found myself growing bored in every single class and not even bothering on taking the time to learn the exercise. But now, since I've changed my entire perception of life and basically flipped my whole life around, I love learning about different subjects because it helps me understand more about God and His creation. And I love what it said about how "not everyone is equally smart" because it is SO true. God made everyone with different talents and abilities and we know that it is part of His plan for us.
Many people believe that they're not smart and complain about those who are smarter in school but they don't realize that those who are smart, just like Mr. Sutherland said, study the hardest and push themselves to do their best. Since many people don't believe that they should work hard since they "already tried working", they try to cheat their way through school without getting caught and thinking they'll succeed in life. But in the end, God will reward those who stay true, those who put their faith in Him and know that through Him, they can do anything.
-Kimberly Ruiz, Period 3

Anonymous said...

I believe that success is not 100% dependent on education. By this, I mean education in a school setting. Like Mr. Sutherland said today about Bill Gates and Einstein. Yes, they did drop out of school, however, they taught themselves. Just because they dropped out and became successful does not mean that they were not educated. I also do believe that everyone deserves a chance at education. Whether or not we are at the same level, everyone should at least have the chance to learn about anything and everything. The person's drive to learn more and be successful is entirely dependent on their attitude towards education. If they feel as though they don't want to learn and decide to drop out, its their choice to ruin their lives. But they need to think about something. Christians want a good education to learn. We apply our knowledge for God. We are obligated, by God, to do our best in our lives, including school. Education is an extremely important variable in becoming successful, however so is fate. If God wants us to be a minister in a third-world country or a multi-billionaire CEO of a huge company, then so be it. However we should always strive to do our best for God.

-Brian Tran, Period 3

Chloe Dzierba said...

Chloe Dzierba, P.4

True success really is measured by how much effort one puts into something. Certain people in class actually do the bare minimum and earn great grades, while others will work really hard and get average grades. The one who has truly overcome the most and pushed their boundaries of success is the student who studies the most. It all depends on the student. A good teacher can only present information to the student in a way that is understandable. It is then up to the student to take the responsibility to learn and study for their own good. It is most important for Christians to learn all about philosophical issues in a Christian school, because everyone can find the same youth-group feel at their church. It is important for Christians to go out in the world and have "logical" arguments with people with different world views, which is why this class is important.

Briana Morris said...

I have definitely thought to myself in my math class "when will I ever use this in life"? Reading this post was really good for me because I realize now that I need to become my best self, and to do that I need to be the best I can be mentally, emotionally, physically, and spititaully. It really opened my eyes about education, and I have also been thinking about that statment you made about taking advantage of what you are given. Be grateful for what you have and give your best effort to glorify Him.

Briana Morris said...

I have definitely thought to myself in my math class "when will I ever use this in life"? Reading this post was really good for me because I realize now that I need to become my best self, and to do that I need to be the best I can be mentally, emotionally, physically, and spititaully. It really opened my eyes about education, and I have also been thinking about that statment you made about taking advantage of what you are given. Be grateful for what you have and give your best effort to glorify Him.

Payton Howard said...

Education should be the center of our lives. It is not just somethig uninportnant, but it sets a foundation for the rest of our lives. In class today, you spoke about how we are not all equally smart. You also said that we should out forth our best effort in our Bible class. I strongly agree with both of these. Although not everyone is equally smart, everyone should put forth the best of what they can do. In the long run, it will give them a better education and therefore a better life.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion education is important but it can be difficult to be motivated to learn. Many times I've thought to myself, "When will I ever use this?" The truth is everything we learn in school teaches us more about God. It is important to receive an education because it helps us to become our best self which in return glorifies Him. God can do amazing things with us but we have the responsibility to learn about His world and do our best in His world. I believe if we apply ourselves that's what an education does for us!
-Anna Haupt period 3

Jay Park said...

Purpose of education is necessary to motivate and encourage ones who are willing to learn new things. There are diverse but tremendous differences between people who have purposes to be educated and people who don't. For instance, because ones who have purposes are often positive that even if they fail to accomplish something, they would step up and not be discouraged by what they didn't achieve, but they would be even more motivated because they would think that failure has been planed by God, who is always trying to challenge them and wants them to learn more things out of failure and hardship that they would have to go through in their life span. Therefore, purpose of education is not only able to change one's entire life, but also capable of enlightening by understanding that they learn about the Truth.

Taylor Touchstone said...

After reading this blog, it has definately changed my outlook on school. In school, there are some classes that i am engaged in and really want to learn somehting; but then there other classes where i just look at the clock the whole time. I now realize that every subject will help you in you future schooling, even if you dont realize it. And yes, not every one is equally smart, but if we try tthe best to are abiltiy, we will succed in what we nned too. I like what the blog said, God didnt intend the bible to replace human arts and sciences, its just a guide to them all. God placed the BIble in our lives, so that we can learn from it and use it in our studies. - Taylor touchstone 3rd period

connor kingsbury said...

What makes thinking like this unpopular in modern "western" society, is essentially the notion of the American Dream. What was a virtue rooted in equal prosperity has turned into a materialistic nightmare that engulfs most of our culture. So today, the reason to be educated is not to "know the world" but to get along "with the world". We take science not to understand the deeper implications of God's design and the beauty of nature but to merely specialize or to even get by something in the way of their personal rights to have "stuff". In a lot of people's minds, education is merely to attain "stuff". Education leads to a job, job leads to money, then money leads to "stuff". The sad thing is that "stuff" doesnt make anyone happy. It is fleeting and empty. If only we could look at education as a way to understand life instead of a way to have stuff for our life.

Anonymous said...

All my life i have had the "get good grades or you'll never amount to anything" speech pounded into my head and as a result I have been jumping through those "academic hoops". School has simply been the means to an end and i have focused more on getting good grades and less on learning the material. Strangely enough, the thought that I should actually be trying to learn what is being taught has never really crossed my mind. Needless to say,
this has been an eye opener, so thanks.

Anonymous said...

Most people in our culture only have one goal in life and that is to become successful and rich. Most people also want to cut as many corners in life as possible.I agree that people including me have said "when am i ever going to use this in my life". People usually have tunnel vision when it comes to education, they only want to learn stuff that they can apply to their future careers. But the real goal is to learn every little detail and subject God has put into this world and to apply it to our everyday life.That would be becoming successful in God's eyes.
- Storm bohacek

Julianne White said...

I think this really hits me straight on, because this is how I've been using my education. I never even thought of my education this way, it was always just getting good grades for college. As I move forward with my education, I know I need to rethink the way I've been going through school, and change that according to my belief in the Lord. If I truly center my life around Christ, education should become way more important to me.

Anonymous said...

Reading this really gives me a new perspective on education because ive always been that kid that is extremely good at doing the minimum amount of work yet still jumping through the hoops necessary to maintain a good grade in the class. I'm starting to realize its a decision to have a thirst for knowledge. Everything you learn is something that God has put there for us to ponder and finally understand to bring us closer to him.

Riley Fackler, period 1

Anonymous said...

when you say "education" it means learning the bigger truth within multiple classes all centered around God. You can learn about God in Math and science just as much as in Theology. Education is not for a personal gain but to understand how Great our God is . Different classes gives us different perspectives on the main truth. We can specialize in a certain subject without belittling the other classes. We must use the talents God has given us but not forget about the subjects we are not focusing on. they are just as important. Education is extremely important. Just because Bill Gates or any other person that has been successful in developing our world today without going to college, mean that it is okay to not reach for greater knowledge they are they are uneducated and are doing great. They are educated just not in the tradition setting. They worked hard to get where they are. People may say that just because we are in a Private Christian School means that we are all academic geniuses because we are held at a different standard. It is not that some are not as smart it is that we all has different talents . Us students work hard in school because we have a purpose for education. It only makes since if we choose to focus the learning about God.
Period 6
Tiffany Gilli

Daisy Hu said...

Education determines students' proficiencies of self realization. Also, I believe, knowledge is one of the indications of being alive. All the schools attempt to render students as much academic atmosphere as they can; however, sometimes they overlook the truth student need to pursue. Some students are ignorant to God's world; additionally, they don't know how to serve in his world.
The difference of college and high school is obvious because colleges are looking for diverse students who are all around with insightful world views. The process of growing up makes people think about how to know God, to know his world, and to serve in his world.

zack chen said...

what i would say is that nowadays, the most of us can get a lot better education than the past, but how education is going to change our life? That is a great question here. The solvation of this question is let the people know the revelation of God carefully. And to know God clearly by known God's truth. Education is important, but not everyone are equally smart. What we can do is to be my best and win the game.
-Zachary Chen 3 Preiod

Anonymous said...

This really opened my eyes to just how important it is to have an education and pursue it. Without a proper education you wouldn't know how to do many things in the real world. It also made me realize how privileged I am to have an education. We always need to put forth our best and remember God has a plan for our education and where we are going to go with it.


-Evie Ramkissoon

Anonymous said...

Julia Stewart Period 4
I believe that education is extremely important to have in life because we are continuously learning everyday about what the "real world" is like. We need to know that God is in everything we learn in our subjects in school because without Him, we certainly have no education, we wouldn't even exist. When we walk into our math classes and science classes, we never realize that it all ties back to God. After reading this blog, I realized I need to out out my best effort in my talent to glorify God and also succeed in life.

Allison Epperly said...

This was a very intresting article. Education is not about being the best in the class, it is about being the best you can be. The main goal a person should have is to give the glory to God. Once he gives the glory to God the rest is up to God, the person just has to try. If you are the smartest and not giving the glory to God there is really no driving purpose behind doing your best because you are gifted at being smart. Education is the starting point of what you will do later in life. If you work hard in school, you will most likely be a hard worker. If you didn't really care about school, your not going to really care about the job you recieve. Always have a motive behind you purpose.

-Allison Epperly
Period 3

Anonymous said...

Education is for trying to find truth. There is truth to be found in every subject and in every experiance in life. I think that people are "smart" in different ways, but it doesn't mean that everyone is equally "smart". People can learn the same thing from a different point of veiw.

Amanda Root

Julianne White said...

This really hit me straight on, because this is exactly how I've been going through education. To me, all education has ever been about is getting into a good college, and sports. From this point forward, I will strive to make my education more than that, but do it with a heart for God. If my heart is for God, then education should be way more important to me than it is now.

Austin Duffield said...

Not everyone is equally smart. Some people are just better at some things than others. God never asked for everyone to be completely perfect though. He wants us to give everything we do our absolute best effort and to honor Him while doing it. It is really a different way to look at education not just as a way to make a lot of money but instead using it to become our best intellectually. Education should be a main goal in one's life and we should work hard to attain that goal. It will help us study the beauty of the world our God has made.

Anonymous said...

The phrase that really out to me in this post was "to become my best self as an act of penitent gratitude for God's prodigious generosity with me." Through the grace of God, we are given life and the ability to become excellent thinkers. Being receivers of God's incredible gifts should be more than enough motivation to seek a higher education. Every person is gifted in a certain way and we should be sharing these gifts to the besst of our ability. We should be using education not only to grow intellectually, but spiritually and discover the truth of God and His creation. Christians should be continually seeking after God and what He has planned for our life.
Sydney Driesen, period 4

Zach Banducci said...

In today's society, students do what the culture has conveyed to them, "As long as you get the good grade, that's all that matters". As stated, this may get them far in their education by just "skating by", but in the end, would it be a mere waste of time? If they spent 13+ years of their life, assuming they received a high school degree and moved on to college, in school, yet did not retain that information and applied it to their own life, then they truly did not succeed. School is a place to learn, and if one does not appreciate the education they receive and just tries to pass the class, then they are to blame themselves.

Anonymous said...

"what makes the Christian school christian is not the people, faculty, or the name christian on the letterhead, at least not primarily. What makes the Christian school Christian is its understanding of truth. And this is a truth we will hold you accountable for learning." I really like this statement it really spoke to me because students are not in school just to past the day they are there to learn, and not only learn but learn gods world and the truth as a Christian. Donald harris

Anonymous said...

Education should been a young person's number one priority throughout their youth. At times it may seem borig, wastefull, useless, pointless, unintriguing, anoying, or burdening but in truth one's point of view on educaiton will change with his/her attitude toward educaiton. Looking at your educaiton with a positive attitude and open mind, it is then possible to make the post out of it. While it is hard and tedious work, being diligent in one's studies is glorifying God by using your mind (that he created) to the best of its abilites. One should always seek a higher and greater education, not just to become succesful in life, but to get to know God's world better and find your place in God's world.
Melissa Hardy - 1st Period

Anonymous said...

I actually really like this blog entree. I really like how we learned the basics of a multiversity and university in class but in this blog you really got into depth. Education need to be a unity in diversity surrounding theology. It is very sad in today's world that theology is just another subject. So our so called "university" is actually called a multiversity because it is considered to be diversity in diversity. This gives me a whole new perspective about how I should take my schooling seriously.
- Jake Wattenbarger period 4

Anonymous said...

Right now I believe that way too many teenagers believe they are getting an education for the sole purpose of being successful in life and to become wealthy. I have found myself even thinking this at times. Both reading this blog and listening to the lecture in class has really made me think about the true purpose of education. If God created us with the ability to learn and the capacity in our brains to hold knowledge, then we should strive to know everything that we are capable of knowing. We shouldnt listen and work hard in school just to get a good grade, we should have a passion to learn everything that class can teach us. We should be more concerned about learning the information than passing the class (And in return we will pass that class). I plan on striving to learn more about God's world and to do my best to work at seeing that the purpose of education is not just to become wealthy later in life, but to learn everything that God created us to learn.

Austin Huckaby
Period 3

Tom Price said...

It's a common, and in some cases true, conception that most Christians are uninformed sissy lalas, condeming non believers, worshipping their invisible spaghetti robot God in the sky, and rolling on the ground while spasming and screaming gibberish. We as Christians should be fighting with as much tenacity the Lord will give us to smash these misconceptions. Personally I don't want people to hear that I'm a Christian and instantly assume that I'm a self-righteous, pious, ignorant, twit. It's our job to spread the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we can NOT do that when the majority of the world won't take us seriously. The first and foremost course of action we should take to arm ourselves is to become as intelligent and sensible as possible.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this article because it really gives us a great explanation as to why we need to be educated. It opened my eyes because I sometimes look forward to going to school just to see and hangout with my friends. Education should not just be used to get a career in the future, but to help lead us to the right pathway in life. God put us on this earth for a reason so why not make the most of it while we are here? He gifted us with so many different areas:our emotions, how we act, spiritually, and mentally. Why not use all those characteristics for God's glory? God has blessed us with amazing education and we should appreciate it, not abuse it.

Anonymous said...

The part in this blog that really stuck out to me was the C.S. Lewis quote, " God never intended the Bible to replace the ordinary human arts and sciences." This is important because the bible shouldnt be the only thing we focus on when we try to become as well educated as possible. But it should be the basis for all of these arts and sciences. The bible isnt just a spiritual guide but also the guide for all education
-Clifton Guillory
period 4

Tom Price said...

It's a common, and in some cases true, conception that most Christians are uninformed sissy lalas, condeming non believers, worshipping their invisible spaghetti robot God in the sky, and rolling on the ground while spasming and screaming gibberish. We as Christians should be fighting with as much tenacity the Lord will give us to smash these misconceptions. Personally I don't want people to hear that I'm a Christian and instantly assume that I'm a self-righteous, pious, ignorant, twit. It's our job to spread the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we can NOT do that when the majority of the world won't take us seriously. The first and foremost course of action we should take to arm ourselves is to become as intelligent and sensible as possible.

Anonymous said...

I think the idea of people to be educated is to get greater and further in our lives. When I was in China, I have always wondering why do we spend 10 or more hours for study, for read those books, when are we going to use those equations formulas in our real life, why don't we just spend half of those times to try to engage our life into society, become part of the world and get a job do some real things. After I read this blog, I realized that everyone should be the best of themself, musician can not brag when they only wirit a half page of their new song. We should always think a better self in both physically and mentally. Do what we can do, try what we can not to, live a better life.
-Peter Yan Period 3

Andrew WIlbur said...

The part of the blog that really interested me was the fact that education must be desired and sought after by the students, not their parents. If a student puts absolutely no effort into a class and does not study, although they may pass the class with a high grade, will gain nothing from it. Many students will go on in life and blame their parents for them not getting in to the college they desired to go to, or getting the job they wanted because they are underqualified. This is one hundred percent the students fault because they did not put the effort into learning what they needed to. Although parents are crucial in encouraging students to do well in school and to study for all of their classes, the students are the ones who need to put in the effort to succeed.

Liza Onead said...

Education, in my opinion, isn't something we all just "go through" in our lives, it's not just something we have to do to grow up. No, it's something that teaches us lessons in life, whether it's academically or in some other aspect in our life that could be affected. God put school into our lives for a reason, not just to have us waste 7-8 hours of our life every week day without there being some sort of purpose. Every day we go to school, God shows us new things he's done in this world, and for us. It may not have a neon sign saying "Look what I'm doing for you, this is actually helping you." But it may just be something small you pick up on now, and later in life be the most important thing you've learned your whole entire life. You may ask "when will I ever use this?" and no one may have an actual answer, but there might just be a day where you need something you learned that you never thought you would need to know, to do something to completely change your life.
When people just put forth the bare minimum in school, and not doing anything to increase their knowledge, they're not acknowledging their full potential and using all the gifts they have been given, which, in the end would be a waste, but those people who struggle to understand even the most fundamental things, but yet still try to understand them will achieve more things than the slacker ever will. The struggler has more perseverence than the slacker, and shows that in his education, which will reflect on his life and what he's willing to do to get what he deserves or what he desires.
In the end, the more you learn, or should I say, the more you TRY in school, the more you will be able to put forth a better effort in more aspects in your life other than just in an education. All that hard work will teach you a lesson, and in the end, that lesson will be all you need to achieve all your goals and dreams.

Anonymous said...

There is such a deeper meaning to education. Education isn't just to get you fair in life. Education isn't about to the bair minimum. You should strive for greatness in everything you do. The Lord has blesses everyone with brains so why not use them. We can learn about the Lord in everyone of our classes. Not just bible, we can learn about him in science, math, literature, etc. Mr. Sutherland you mentioned a great quote in class about how science is merely just finding out what God already knows. God knows everything in the world i mean for pit-sake HE MADE IT! We can honor him in everything we do and in the subjects we learn every day! I mean education in this world is key! But just because you wanna be a chemistry teacher and english doesn't matter. It should matter because your honoring the Lord with all you do when you suck it up for 45 minutes and try to full understand the meaning of your classes and not just try to get threw it. This blog made me think more about the way i treat my education and now much more serious i should take it... Wish this was around me freshman year when i could have thought about some of the decisions i made then.

- Clark White periods 2 & 7

Anonymous said...

This really opened my more on how important education is and that just because we aren't the greatest or smartest as other people in certain areas doesn't mean we're anything less than them. As long as we try our best and strive to put everything into our work it's still just as good. We also shouldn't just look at an education as something that will help us great a good job, wealth or anything like that. We should look at an education as something to prepare us for the real world and to fully be a well rounded person.
Jessica Galindo. P. 1

Anonymous said...

what stuck out to me was that Education is important in our life not because of the hope of selfish ambitions. its important to understand that we are learning to become a better christian and gain knowledge not to become rich and retire at age 35.Bible class should not be thought of as a youth group but the the building blocks connecting heart and mind. we should use our intellectual ability to aim for perfection.

August Adee, Class 1

Anonymous said...

This blog i very interesting because it made me realize that just jumping through the hoops of education isn't as satisfying. You might be able to do it and get away it, but it gets harder and harder every time and eventually a "hoop" will come that you can't jump. After high school that person might think that they are very smart but actually they are ignorants because they never learned anything, they never tried and in the future when they actually need to learn something, it will be much harder for them to get focused because they never tried to and they won't have a strong base to keep on going.
Education is much more than just going to class and listening at the teacher, its about learning about all the things that God has created for us to explore and analyse.
-Herman Santos - period 1

Anonymous said...

Reading this blog after discussing everything in class really made it more clear to me. I really enjoy learning about this topic. What i really enjoyed learning about was the topic on "Why be educated?" It is a reasonable topic and the points made in this blog seem reasonible. I remember learning about this last year in the CPI class and really enjoy learning it again in the CSI class.
Madison Anderholt period 6

Anonymous said...

This view stood out to me: "it is the teachers job to create an environment of academic pressure, of stress, that will call students to excellence while not expecting that everyone will become Augustine or Lewis." I understood that students needed to reach for excellence, but I had been confused on the structure of school. Two years ago, in Mr. Ward's class, we had to write a journal on a positive view on school and a negative view on school. "Positive: We have a chance to learn the patterns and creation of God. Negative: School is just a place where you go to absorb information, then spit out the facts when tested, then you are assigned a letter grade telling you how smart you may or may not be." (If you can't tell, the positive was bologna, and the negative was a question not answered.) Now I understand that teachers, at least the good ones, strive to give such high expectations that not all will "pass" the class, but all should learn something and find that they have something to give.
~Chloe Davis

Anonymous said...

In a Christian worldview, education is a necessity and not expendable at all. Education can of course lead to a better life due to the fact that opportunities can increase exponentially. Not only does an education create more possibilities, but it can also open more doors for a Christian to be able outreach to non believers. Education helps Christians understand God on deeper levels compared to the Bible and prayer. If education helps one reach their highest potential, then that is great.

-Jacob Lanuza period 4

Abby said...

This really made me realize how important it is to have an education and to not take any of it for granite. If you did not have a well rounded education it would be hard to accomplish tasks in the world today.What also stood out to me in this blog is that everybody should realize how neccesary having an education is. It is always nice to try your hardest and succeed or try to succeed in everything we do. God has a plan for our education. Some people may have a hard time in one subject while someone else finds it simple. God made you the way you are so just do your best at what he has given you.

-Abby Williams

abby said...

This blog made me realize that everyone needs an education and shouldnt take anything for granite that they are tought. It would be very difficult to manage and complete tasks in the real world today without and education. What also stood out to me is that when in school or getting an education somehow you need to try your best, always give 100% for your own benifit and Gods. God has a plan for your education. Some students may think one subject is easy while another thinks it is difficult. Everyone is special in Gods eyes no matter what the circumstance is.

abby said...

This blog made me realize that everyone needs an education and shouldnt take anything for granite that they are tought. It would be very difficult to manage and complete tasks in the real world today without and education. What also stood out to me is that when in school or getting an education somehow you need to try your best, always give 100% for your own benifit and Gods. God has a plan for your education. Some students may think one subject is easy while another thinks it is difficult. Everyone is special in Gods eyes no matter what the circumstance is.