Eating the cookie-cutter approach

May 19, 2006
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The Cookie Cutter Approach is the basic, all-inclusive, one-size-fits-all approach to education that dominates the American education system.  Just picture a factory assembly line.  Picture young impressionable children lined up on the factory conveyer belt.  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.  To most people, education is considered a neutral subject consisting only of facts and figures.  However, neutrality in education is non-existent.  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).  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.  Scripture also tells us that we are to diligently teach our children in the ways of the Lord.  In the training and education of our children, parents are given a great responsibility.  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.  As Tom Eldredge points out in the book Safely Home, ‘The first conflict in recorded history was a battle over education.’  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.  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.”  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.  Academic qualifications have become a goal that has nothing to do with learning or wisdom.”

What is a distinctly Christian education?  By distinct, I mean, identifiably Christian.  The Bible should be the foundation from which all knowledge flows.  It is impossible to teach Truth in regards to Science without the understanding of Creator God.  A foundational belief in the 6 days of creation is inseparable from Science.  Likewise, history is inseparable from the providential hand of God.  God is not even silent in the realm of mathematics.  But more than academics, the late scholar R.J. Rushdooney said, “the purpose of Christian education is not academic: it is religious and practical.”  Why would we as parents even consider placing our most valuable gift in the hands of the pagans.  We should fear and tremble at the thought of a god-less system teaching our children anything.  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.  As parents desiring to give our children a distinctly Christian education, the cookie cutter approach is detrimental.  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.

11 Responses to Eating the cookie-cutter approach

  1. May 25, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    i won’t try to intrude on the conversation above but only give my 2 cents lol
    i truly feel homeschooling ( and that includes unschooling) is the way for EVERYONE to go! if you don’t have confidence to teach your own children, then PRAY PRAY PRAY! HE will lead you. it’s not public school at home- it’s an education. which can be done in a myriad of ways.

  2. sarah
    May 24, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    ?? I’m sorry, I guess my confusion is that in my perception it already does have a good name. I thought that a few slackers out there haven’t ruined the homeschooling name. I just meant to say I was confused about that because it seems that you feel that homeschooling has a bad name or that some slackers have given it a bad name [thusly the statement “regains the good name”] implying that it has somehow lost that. I didn’t feel like it had lost its good name. I know we have discussed this in person before too and the only reason I was replying on the blog was because of that.

  3. Sally
    May 24, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Again, that was in defense of homeschooling. Like I said, it deserves a good name.

  4. sarah
    May 24, 2006 at 12:06 am

    “I hope that home schooling regains the good name it deserves and that people start realizing that it’s more of a responsibility then they may realize.”

    No problem! :) It was just the above quote that I must have misunderstood.

  5. Sally
    May 23, 2006 at 11:42 am

    All I was trying to say was that I was happy to see people who once again take the home education of their children seriously and that their kids are good examples. I wasn’t trying to down hoemschoolers in anyway – I was homeschooled for a good chunk of my education – I graduated from a great homeschooling group called C.L.A.S.S….and I loved it.
    Sorry for the misunderstanding.

  6. sarah
    May 23, 2006 at 11:23 am

    Also, I think your assembly line visual is a really good one. Very true.

  7. sarah
    May 23, 2006 at 11:22 am

    I didn’t really think that homeschoolers had a bad rep. My understanding is that they are esteemed across the board as smarter and generally more well mannered.

  8. May 22, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Actually, with this article I was just meaning Christian education in general…

    My personal opinion is that I prefer home education– I believe it is important not only for the spiritual and academic growth of the child…but also necessary for reforming our nation. If I didn’t have the option to home school — for example– like if my husband said NO WAY — Private Christian School would be the next option.

  9. Sally
    May 22, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    Sarah W,

    I’m not in any way defending public learning. :) I’m a fan of homeschooling, I was just saying that I’m tired of people giving it a bad name. And that in no way was directed towards you 😉

  10. sarah walston
    May 22, 2006 at 12:38 am

    Hi Sally,

    Sometimes people have such negative opinions of home schoolers, and are very quick to point out their faults, but very slow to point out the faults of ANY kind of institutionalized learning.

    There are many good books that aren’t even Christian based that make the case for the abolition of the current public school system.

    I don’t think parents who plop their kids down in front of the TV are necessarily WANTING to do that – they are most likely overwhelmed at the idea that they have to replicate institutionalized learning in their home and so they shut down.

    That’s definitely what I’ve done this past year. But I’m just finishing up reading “The Joyful Homeschooler” by Mary Hood, Ph.D. and it’s been so refreshing! I can “un-school” my children and do it as unto the Lord, and not as unto man, and God will be before me on this edeavor and I totally trust Him with my children.

    I don’t, however, trust my own ability to home school them adequetly.
    Just my $0.02.
    -Sarah

  11. Sally
    May 21, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    And yet, what saddens me are the people that hide under the guise of this belief and keep their children out of school not to teach them, but to neglect their learning – or to “un-school” them. I know people who are great home teachers and help to bring back home schooling from it’s recent murky reputation – such as yourself :) – but, I also know “home scholars” who – although might have good intentions in the beginning – get too caught up in their own daily grind and just pull their kids along for the ride or leave them in front of the television…those are the kids I’ve tutored. The kids who think they’re stupid and are constantly embarrassed…but really it’s their parents who deserve the embarrassment – the parents who have failed them. I hope that home schooling regains the good name it deserves and that people start realizing that it’s more of a responsibility then they may realize.
    Also, you talk here of home schooling and secular schooling, what are your thoughts on Christian schools?