Education: solution or problem?

Education is often touted as the solution to society’s problems. But for those determined to do evil and to follow their own selfish ways, the modern educational model only teaches one how to be more effective in these objectives.

Secular education teaches ungodly values. Education is never neutral. Today’s public schools, and many if not most private schools, are designed to inculcate worldliness, injustice, idolatry, and immorality in students.

The father of lies is in education. People who are in charge of children in the schools often seek to turn them away from God who is Creator and Actor of good toward their own latest ideas of what is good.

If a school’s policy is not to provide for the student a knowledge based upon God’s creation and wisdom, it is then working against him and against the truth. There is no middle ground.


Home-schooled or home-educated?

Mark McWhorter gave the following speech in Birmingham, Alabama at a homeschool graduation ceremony held at Roebuck Parkway congregation 19 May 2009. It is worthy of a close reading. He kindly gave us permission to reproduce it here.

Are you home-schooled or home-educated?

Most of us use the terms interchangeably, and there is nothing wrong with that.  Schooled and educated can mean the same thing.

However, there is a technical difference. Continue reading

#education, #homeschooling


8-13-2015 Jesus Was Home-Schooled

“Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22 NKJV). So began the education of the greatest, purest man who ever lived. “And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:40-41 NKJV). By age 12, Jesus knew enough to sit “in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions,” astonishing them “at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46-47 NKJV). During the next 18 years, Jesus “was subject to” Joseph and Mary (Luke 2:51). He was “home schooled” with God and His Word uppermost in His life. That worked for Him!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#education, #home-schooled, #jesus

rocky mountain low

According to the Huffington Post, Colorado is now filled with a puffing host! The article gives the full statistics for the first month of recreational marijuana sales in the Centennial State, along with projected uses of tax revenue from the product. Ironically enough, the first $40 million in taxes is promised away for school construction–now that’s what you call a “higher” education. The Holy Spirit through Paul outlined what is surely a more effective educational strategy:

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)

#christianity, #colorado, #drugs, #education, #huffington-post, #marijuana-sales, #recreational-marijuana, #sin-taxes, #sober, #sobriety


(#163) The Proverbs of Solomon 23:15-16-Learning or Losing?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 23:15-16: “My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice-indeed, I myself; Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.”

True success in education is seen when the pupil has learned to “speak right things,” that is, by giving right answers (Luke 10:27-28), speaking truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15), and “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). The teacher is rewarded, not by government salary set by union standards, but by personal, internal rejoicing, a feeling of accomplishment, being satisfied to see another soul determined to know what is best. “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy” (Proverbs 15:30). This is the reward for parents of a child: “Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22); especially when the parents have been good examples of their teaching: “My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26).

The “no child left behind” philosophy is a false standard purely designed to feed the egos of politicians! That idea has little to do with true education, but of keeping children within their own artificially-determined age group, herded along with “social promotions” as a group, for the sake of “body counts” in the classroom, so that tax monies may be distributed according to politically-established parameters! Education is a matter of sparking inquisitiveness, sharing knowledge, and exercising thought processes which help the mind distinguish limits, laws, and license. “Education” which does not ignite the fires of knowledge within the pupil is falsely so-called. “Education” which is designed to tell children what to think, rather than teaching them to think, is “propaganda.” “Teachers” who are simply teaching to some politically-driven “standard test” not only are missing the real thrill of teaching, but are falsely advertising themselves as “educators.”

This proverb (23:15-16) should remind us of why students have been eager to go to school, and why “home-schooling” numbers have burgeoned in recent decades.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #education, #educators, #fires-of-knowledge, #inquisitiveness, #politicians, #proverbs, #schools, #teachers

Jesus isn’t allowed in school? What’s new?!

There’s a news story out there on the web about a 6-year-old who was told by his teacher that “Jesus is not allowed in school” after bringing some candy canes for his classmates with a religiously themed note attached. Now I personally understand that the teacher was trying to use words that a 6-year-old could understand, but I also understand that explaining something in its simplicity does not do away with the truth, that being that the school is not interested in having Jesus around.

Schools can’t have Jesus around, huh? So what’s hanging around schools since Jesus isn’t allowed anymore? Contraceptives without the parent’s knowledge? Sure. Telling kids how to have sex instead of educating about sex? Sure. Teachers having sex with kids? Sure. Kids dressing like they’re ready for the late night streets and the beach? Sure. Kids relentlessly physically and mentally torturing other kids? Sure. Kids buying and selling drugs? Sure. Kids disrespecting and threatening their teachers? Sure. Kids taking the lives of others kids? Unfortunately and sadly, sure.

Why wouldn’t you encourage a 6-year-old boy who will soon be a 16-year-old young man to bring someone to school who can teach the other kids to love and respect their parents, to love and respect their self, to love and respect their fellow students, and to love and respect their teacher? We wouldn’t want kids growing up to do that would we?!

Look at the major problems that schools are dealing with today – large dropout rates, graduated ignorance, out-of-wedlock children having children, drugs, gangs and school shootings. Why didn’t this stuff happen 40 to 50 years ago anywhere close to the way it happens today? Is it because you couldn’t drop out of school? Nope. Is it because there weren’t any kids not interested in learning? Nope. Is it because kids weren’t capable of having sex? Nope. Is it because there was no such thing as a group of punks? Nope. Is it because there were no drugs? Nope. Is it because there were no guns? Nope.

One of the biggest contributing factors may just be that the last generation of adults were more interested in telling Jesus to stay home instead of coming to school with the kids resulting in a generation that doesn’t know about the Lord, because of a generation that didn’t want to know about him, thus resulting in a generation of kids who are being given an education for their physical side but are being deprived and starved of an education for the side that helps to temper the physical one.

So Jesus isn’t allowed in school? Where’s that getting our culture and our children?

And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)

#children, #culture, #education, #jesus, #kids, #morality, #news, #school, #school-system

Christian Worker – The Fruit of the Spirit

Here’s a link to a PDF of this month’s Christian Worker. This issue of the Christian Worker examines “the fruit of the Spirit,” in contrast to last month’s issue on the “Works of the Flesh.”

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2013 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #edification, #education, #fruit-of-the-holy-spirit, #pdf, #spirit-of-god

4 Pointers for Graduates to Head in the Right Direction

An blue icon with a graduation cap and tassel.

Here’s the basic points with a scripture that I’m using for tomorrow’s “graduation night” at Keltonburg for our High School students. This’ll work whether they’re heading to college or the job market:

  • It’s time to grow up (1 Corinthians 13:11)
  • Prepare for hard times (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
  • When you think you have the world conquered its conquered you (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
  • Don’t compromise your faith for a “good grade” or a “good job” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Whatever comes to your hand to do with all your power, do it because there is no work, or thought, or knowledge, or wisdom in the place of the dead to which you are going.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 – BBE)

#advice, #education, #graduation, #high-school-students, #life, #school, #students, #work

More Random Thoughts

Here is an actual “news” headline from 8-17-12 – “Texas School District Eases Up On Dress Code, Allows Male Earrings, Visible Tattoos”

The headline reveals how this nation’s school system is letting us down! It reveals how the average school has a social hub mindset for children on the forefront while education concerns are actually on the back-burner. Although the story didn’t say it, I have no doubt that complaining parents was one of the reasons that the “dress code” was eased up on. Tattoos? These are children!!! Reading, Ritting and Rithmatic have obviously been exchanged for Revealing, Regressing and Rotting leadership both from parents and school districts.

As I’m sure most of you have heard, Neil Armstrong is dead at the age of 82.

The man who made it all the way to the moon wasn’t able to get away from death. No matter where we go, death finds us all. One thing that I can say that I appreciated about Mr. Armstrong is that he was willing to mention mankind’s Creator. While I can’t say I know much about his personal beliefs, I can say that just about the only thing I hear coming from NASA’s mouth today is all about searching for the origins of life – i.e. evolution garbage. Again, I don’t know what Mr. Armstrong’s true position was, but I think it would be great if a man in his position would acknowledge the awe of outer space in a way that points to its Creator.

Here’s a portion of my sermon yesterday about having a passion for our salvation. I thought some of you might be able to use it for a sermon idea:

There’s no such thing as a person who’s saved that wasn’t lost beforehand! Problem is from time to time some people forget who they need to be in Christ, while some of us forget who we used to be before Christ. Every one of us has a B.C. time in our life that we need to remember.

We sing the 1st stanza of Amazing Grace, but do we really believe it? Did God’s grace save an angel, or did it save a wretch? If we expect to be passionate about who we are we’ll have to remember who we were! We were sinners, lost, enemies of God, deserving punishment and bound for Hell.

Some may want to deny this, but we do so at our own peril! Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost – not the found (Luke 19:10). Fact that some of us may want to deny this explains why we might have no passion about our salvation!!!

How can we expect to be passionate about something if we don’t realize how bad we needed it? If we can’t realize how bad we needed it, then one day we will, but it might too late. Remember what Paul said about himself – 1 Timothy 1:15. Too many Christians look at their past like they were the least of sinners instead of the chief.

Forgetting who we were causes us to be someone who doesn’t care about others. It leads to spiritual snobbery! It leads to hypocrisy, hard heartedness and even hatred of others! It leads to self-righteousness, self-justification and self-condemnation! It leads us and others almost anywhere expect to Jesus.

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 – NKJV)

#death, #education, #god, #grace, #news, #salvation, #schools, #sermon

Intellectual Arrogance

Several days ago I was told by someone who believed in the “thousand-year days” theory of Genesis 1-2 that I could not understand the real meaning because I only had my “lay” experience to rely on. One thing is for sure – you can’t teach someone who has already learned it all!

Several times throughout the scriptures you can find people who simply tried to out-think the plain meaning of God’s word. The result wasn’t good. They resisted the truth in the past just as Jannes and Jambres did in Egypt, and many continue to do the same thing today (2 Timothy 3:1-8). Often times these individuals rely heavily upon the “enlightenment” they receive at the feet of their earthly teachers and their words to reveal the “true” meaning of scripture, but they worry little about sitting at the feet of God with his word and allowing scripture to reveal to scripture.

Now, is there necessarily anything wrong in and of itself with attending a religiously natured school and gaining knowledge from those who have been students of both God’s word and experience for many years? Absolutely not. In more ways than one there is everything right with properly studying the scriptures of God (2 Timothy 2:15). Some receive fine educations at these institutions without a doubt; but without a doubt some only get “schooled and wooled” by false teachers with an ego (2 Peter 3:15-16). Some students leave the complex at the campus while others leave the campus with a complex!

When one’s education (spiritual or secular) causes a person to look down their nose at others, then that person has fallen prey to his or her own brain. There is a difference between being “book smart” and being “wise in the word of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-31).

There is much more that I could say on this topic, but why write a book to share something when it only takes a few paragraphs to explain it? After all, I only have my “lay” experience to rely upon.

 “Now when they saw that Peter and John were without fear, though they were men of no education or learning, they were greatly surprised; and they took note of them that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13 – BBE)

#education, #gospel, #wisdom

There is an old wife’s tale that says…

There is an old wife’s tale that says the more educated one is, the less likely that one is to be religious. However, recent research shows that in some ways the opposite is actually the truth. Headed by University of Nebraska professor Philip Schwadel, the researchers found that for each additional year of education beyond the seventh grade, that Americans are 15% more likely to have attended religious services in the past week. Frankly, I am not surprised at this. The more educated one is the more likely they are to be exposed to the multitude of benefits of faith and the reasonable evidence for the same., an atheist online bulletin board, objects to the finding but offers no evidence for rejecting it. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#education, #just-a-minute, #religious

Forever and a day

My heart grew heavy when I read that two evangelical missions groups will merge, “forming a body representative of 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country by more than 190 agencies and churches.” Why heavy? Would to God that the Lord’s church had so many, and in so many places!

• Over on the Forthright Press Facebook page, a poll asks which offering of FP you most read or visit. Pop over there right now and give it a click.

• A pundit and fellow (adopted) Arkansan gives his view of education in this quote: “In his preface to ‘Culture and Anarchy,’ Matthew Arnold said the purpose of education was to pass on ‘the best which has been thought and said.'” Would you agree with that? If not, how would you define the purpose of education. I remember that one Christian college defined its mission as “teaching how to live and how to make a living.”

• Just received an email from an old friend, a former editor of a poetry magazine who was kind enough to publish an item or two of mine. She is an essayist, poet, and painter. I love her style in all three. Check out Margaret Been’s Northern Reflections.

Change• How quickly time changes things! Take the image at right, for example. Not everybody will know the connection. Over time, we ourselves change, too. Inevitably, the body runs down and expires. But the spirit can go against this world’s deterioration and deepening corruption. When we attach ourselves to Jesus Christ, “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” we grow toward his perfection, into his image.

• I’ve plugged the distributed social network Diaspora* before, but here’s a site and chart that explains it very well and shows comparisons to Facebook and Google+. Come on in, the water’s fine!

• Last, a quatrain; let’s call it “Forever and a Day”:

Forever and a day, they say,
Clichéd hyperbole;
Some want it now, without delay,
I’ll keep eternity.  —JRM

#change, #education, #eternity, #journey, #missions, #time

Incivility Overpowers Our Society

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics.

In his Thursday article,, he points out the following:

“I applaud any effort by school officials to promote decorum and civility in the school milieu. However, I am acutely aware of the fact that family, community, and the popular culture play a larger and more defining role in children’s lives than schools.”

Yes, education begins in the home (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Genesis 18:16-19).

#article, #civility, #decorum, #education, #family, #official, #promote, #school, #science, #teacher, #topic

The Last True Evangelist

The last true evangelist that I’ve known who lived what he preached, was Brother Dan Gibson, who preached for our Montana Street congregation for approximately seven years. He has since retired, he and his wife moving to Conroe, Texas to be close to their children.

He and his wife Joy, are now members of the Longmire congregation, where he now preaches part time. He also oversees the congregation’s educational program, making sure that the materials used in their Bible classes, coincides with clear Bible teaching.

Brother Dan is truly a man of the Book. I love and miss he and his wife dearly. I call him every weekend to see how he and his wife are getting along healthwise (they are in their late 70’s). Such faithful preachers in the brotherhood, are few and far between (and getting fewer by the day).

#bible, #children, #congregation, #education, #evangelist, #material, #member, #preach, #retire, #teaching, #true

The Power Of Kindness

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics. In this week’s article, he emphasizes the important role kindness plays in the education of our children:

#article, #children, #education, #emphasize, #important, #kindness, #role, #science, #teacher, #writes