Education is the whole of life of a community, and the experience of its members learning to live this life, from the standpoint of a specific end goal.
A central premise of the definition and the book, is that Education is about the “whole of life” of a community, not simply curriculum or method. The students and teachers who are the central participants in any school need to “learn to live this life” together from a particular standpoint. As such, at the very foundation of any Christian pedagogy is not ‘what we should teach?’ or ‘how we should teach it?’, but ‘why we teach?’
The Bible teaches that our lives are to be centered on knowing and honoring God in the here and now, with an eye on the future as we await Christ’s return and the coming of the kingdom of God. Our true and ultimate home is not on Earth. Indeed, we are called to live out our lives as “foreigners” or “aliens and strangers” (1 Pet 1:17b; 2:9–12). We live between two worlds: the current one, and the next to come. This can be a confusing place for children!
If education is the whole of life of a community, and the experience of its members learning to live this life, from the standpoint of a specific end goal, then we have more to consider than curriculum and methods.
Avoiding Ends-based Education
My book should be out in March or April, but in the meantime, I intend to write a number of posts that will prepare my readers for the arguments that will be outlined in detail in the book.
In future posts I will discuss some of the many topics that I cover. Not all will be as separate posts, but all will be at least introduced:
- The role of the imagination in education
- Forming & connecting communities that matter in education
- Why the 'whole of life' of any community is what matters
- Children's worlds: A myriad of competing 'Communities of Practice'
- Making belief, desires and views of the world are observable and discussible in supportive contexts
- The place of 'formation' NOT indoctrination: What might it look like?
- Helping students to engage with their world
- Helping our students to navigate the world
- Why does 'standpoint' matter?
- Understanding why God made us as creative beings
- The power of story
- The place of truth and the One who is the author of truth
- Wholeness, and why it matters
- A pedagogy that intersects and connects other different worlds
- Where do values, worldview and virtues fit in?
- A concern for meaning, understanding, truth & critical thinking
- Classroom life & the teacher's role within it
- Storytelling and Life
- Imagination & Life
- A framework for Classroom & School Life
NEXT Post: 'Learning Occurs Within Communities Not Just Schools'