By Harold Klassen

Sometimes a bit of uncertainty can be a marvelous thing.

An article on the uncertainty of statistics is a thing of beauty to read especially when people seem so focused on finding numbers that will support their personal perspective on any subject. Susan Hamersma wrote "Uncertainty: the beauty and bedrock of statistics" for Cardus in Comment magazine, October 22, 2020. Her economic knowledge and experience of how economics shapes public policy give her the authority to speak about the limitations of mathematics and statistics in particular.

Na semana passada viajei por alguns dias. Enquanto eu estava fora, a Dana transformou uma velha mesa de brechó em uma antiguidade maravilhosamente restaurada. Ela trabalhou duro para desmontar, esfregar, lixar e pintar. Sabendo que eu amo montar coisas, ela me esperou para terminar. Quando cheguei em casa, peguei as portas, maçanetas, porcas e pregos e os espalhei para ver o que tínhamos. Eu não sabia como as peças se encaixavam: eu tinha uma ideia básica, mas havia suportes e tiras de madeira que eu não entendia. Como essa mesa deveria se parecer quando estava montada? Eu precisava de ajuda. Eu precisava conhecer o design.

Quando seus alunos se sentam na sua sala de aula, o que você procura? Quando eles chegam a você, qual é o seu propósito? Sabemos que ensinamos melhor quando temos o fim em mente, quando sabemos para onde estamos indo.

O Quê? Alinhando-se aos Propósitos de Deus

If I have been asked this question once, I have been asked it hundreds of times. It is asked most often after I have presented information about how dangerous secular education is to our children’s and grandchildren’s future.

Why are Christian parents, pastors and church leaders unwilling to address the issue of education biblically?

Having been asked this so many times and trying to prayerfully answer it, I have come to the conclusion that the main reason this isn’t happening is DUALISM! This is a term that I first read about in the late Dr. Albert Greene’s book, Recapturing the Future of Christian Education.

Having taught at a classical Christian school for five years and followed the classical Christian education movement for some years prior, I have come to believe that it is the best approach to K-12 education available today.

Due to its understanding of education as the reshaping of a child’s soul (in contrast to “discovery” models of education, for example), the method tends to develop thinkers defined by who they are instead of workers defined by what they do. Its focus on the Great Conversation gives students respect for history and helps them see themselves as contributors to that conversation. Unlike inward-facing fundamentalist approaches to education, this movement does not shy away from the world, but instead teaches students to interact thoughtfully with contemporary culture.

Classical Christian schools do these and many other things well, and consequently their numbers, acceptance, and influence are on the rise. However, as this form of education comes of age, it needs to be wary of certain temptations. Five specific cautions come to mind.

We are bombarded by more and more information every day. One study noted that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By 2013 knowledge was doubling every 13 months. One can only imagine how fast knowledge is doubling today.

What is even more mind boggling is how much data is being produced on the internet. It is now predicted that there will be 40 zettabytes of data available by the end of 2020. This is a whopping 40 trillion gigabytes! It would take a person 180 million years to download all the data that is currently on the internet.

It is hard to comprehend what is important from all the headlines that flood our minds every second. These so-called vital facts are on topics ranging from global warming to Harry and Meghan’s exit from the Royal Family. Let me ask you a question as an example of how difficult it is to discern fact from fiction these days. What is the coronavirus and what is the real danger we are facing concerning it?

There is one thing for certain related to information overload – we have lost our ability to discern truth! This is a big problem and it has significant impact on how we educate future generations.

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"Without a narrative, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no purpose. Without purpose schools are houses of detention, not attention."

Neil Postman