Are Your Children Getting Adequate Education?
There are many things that you may have heard about education. I do believe that it is the transfer of knowledge, morals and attitude from one person to another. Also, it can be described as a process whereby a society transmit from one generation to the next its accumulated social, intellectual, religious experience and heritage. Regardless of how you define it, it is arguable that no one’s education is adequate unless it includes morality and spirituality. So let me ask you, are your children getting adequate education?
I am not suggesting that secular education is not good. I am a product of secular education and I thank God for it. There is nothing wrong with getting secular education. Moses was brought up under the learning of the Egyptians. Acts 7:22. Job appears to be well versed in natural history and astronomy. Job 38:31-32. Daniel was far better than his colleagues in the King’s court. Daniel 1:14, 17. And King Solomon was more popular for his intellectual gifts than his political leadership. 1 Kings 4:29, 34. So, I strongly believe that every child should be given the best of secular education possible. But I will argue that secular education without instruction on morality and spirituality is inadequate. Frankly, I cannot imagine a child growing up in my household without being prepared to know God and live peacefully among men in addition to his or her secular education.
Most people will agree that we are living in a world that is faced with all kind of challenges. Chief among them are moral and spiritual in nature. Therefore, education on morality and spirituality cannot be left to chance. It must be pursued intentionally. The process must both be formal, informal and incidental. The informal and incidental aspect of such education should arise from participation in certain forms of social life and activities. While the formal education process should be designed to give the immature member of the society a mastery over the symbols and techniques of civilization including but not limited to the knowledge of morality and spirituality. Think about it, of what good is a man or a woman with a college degree and no morality? Or how can any man or woman be complete if he or she has secular education with no fear of God? The Bible said that it is a fool who said in his own heart that there is no God. Psalms 14:1
The nation of Israel is a good example of the benefits of having a well rounded education. Like everyone else, they start out being nomadic and agriculturalists. But because they actively pursue a well rounded education, the result is that Israel now has a comparable influence upon religious and educational development of the world. Their success is no doubt due to the religious and education character of the Hebrew people’s national life. So why can’t we do the same?
That is why I will suggest that regardless of what may be the limitation of our current educational system, each parent must accept the responsibility to teach and train their children on matters of morality and spirituality. Deuteronomy 6:7, Deuteronomy 11:19, and Proverbs 22:6. I strongly believe that if all parents will accept their responsibility to raise their children and instruct them on matters of morality and spirituality, there will be less juvenile delinquencies, school dropouts, runaways, teen pregnancy, etc.
Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to blame any parents or condemn anyone. The call of God upon my life is to build up and not to tear down. But we must continue to encourage one another to do better as parents for the glory of God. The good news is that we can do it. We can reduce the crime rate, empty out the jail house, clean up our neighborhood and improve the quality of life of our youth. It all starts at home and with the family. That is why the Bible said, my son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Proverbs 1:8. In essence, the book of Proverbs in the Bible is a handbook of education. All education is at first religious in the sense that religious motives and ideas predominate in the educational efforts of all people. Religious training is synonym to education. All parents should teach their children to be diligent, charitable, truthful, temperament, resourceful and of good character. More so, the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Teachers, and Pastors of our generation must become role model and teachers to the young ones. Together, we can make this world a better place.