by Dick Buckingham
I know we would all agree that education is one of the most important elements of our lives. From the time we are born until the day we leave this earth, we are continually learning from a variety of sources. One source of education, which I will call formal, is highly valued and we strive for the best possible formal education for ourselves as well as our children. Therefore, decisions about where I place my child to receive this education and by whom are some of the most critically important decisions I make as a parent.
Education is designed to influence children’s minds and hearts. We take our children and put them under the care and protection of adults who are called upon to impart the truth and knowledge they believe is important. We place them in a room of peers who exert a great deal of influence to conform to the thinking and mind set of the whole. All of these things place a significant amount of pressure upon our children to agree with and accept everything they are told without question. Therefore we shouldn’t be surprised, as alluded by Voddie Baucham, that when we send our children to be trained by Caesar, they come out acting like Romans.* That is the purpose and design of education.