The Cookie Cutter Approach is the basic, all-inclusive, one-size-fits-all approach to education that dominates the American education system.Â Just picture a factory assembly line.Â Picture young impressionable children lined up on the factory conveyer belt.Â One by one, they are indoctrinated not only with an anti-God worldview, but also molded and shaped into gender-neutral people that are easily swayed and controlled.
We see the moral decline and decay eating away at our Nation and our Churches, yet many professing Christians maintain a synchronization with the world in most areas of their lives. God and Biblical living are pulled off the shelf only when necessary.Â To most people, education is considered a neutral subject consisting only of facts and figures.Â However, neutrality in education is non-existent.Â It is first and foremost a biblical mandate for fathers and mothers to educate and train their children with a distinctly Christian approach (Deut.6, Ps.1).Â Scripture tells us not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful but that we are to delight and meditate in the law of the Lord day and night.Â Scripture also tells us that we are to diligently teach our children in the ways of the Lord.Â In the training and education of our children, parents are given a great responsibility.Â Too many times, parents shirk this duty off to worldly educators and expect someone else to do the job that the Lord has given them to do.
In the newly released book So Much More, it states,
“The line is drawn between the two competing types of educational priorities at the very beginning of the Bible.Â As Tom Eldredge points out in the book Safely Home, ‘The first conflict in recorded history was a battle over education.’Â He explains that Adam and Eve were given a choice between knowing God and walking with Him, gradually discovering more and more of His truth and wisdom or a shortcut to instant knowledge — to eat the fruit and know everything, good and evil.Â These two education philosophies — the empty shallow knowledge centered around man, and the wisdom of God which comes only through knowing and fearing God are still at war today.”Â It goes on to say, “In a culture devoted to the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, comfort and entertainment, shallow man-centered education is now higher education.Â Academic qualifications have become a goal that has nothing to do with learning or wisdom.”
What is a distinctly Christian education?Â By distinct, I mean, identifiably Christian.Â The Bible should be the foundation from which all knowledge flows.Â It is impossible to teach Truth in regards to Science without the understanding of Creator God.Â A foundational belief in the 6 days of creation is inseparable from Science.Â Likewise, history is inseparable from the providential hand of God.Â God is not even silent in the realm of mathematics.Â But more than academics, the late scholar R.J. Rushdooney said, “the purpose of Christian education is not academic: it is religious and practical.”Â Why would we as parents even consider placing our most valuable gift in the hands of the pagans.Â We should fear and tremble at the thought of a god-less system teaching our children anything.Â Truth can only be taught with a Biblical worldview because all truth comes from God.
Without Biblical wisdom and understanding, we are nothing but educated fools with a skewed worldview.Â As parents desiring to give our children a distinctly Christian education, the cookie cutter approach is detrimental.Â Taking education out of the all-inclusive, one size-fits-all approach is vitally important if we intend on producing vivacious learners and visionary leaders with a Bible centered worldview.