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3 Fast Ideas for Christian Education Today
A child turning 12 this year will be retiring in the 2060s’. Sir Ken Robinson, famedBritish educationist, reminded that us that we have
no idea how the world will look like
at that time, yet our present education system is based on a model developed inthe 1900s’(!!).It’s strange that many schools still teach as if the Internet and all kinds of media have
been invented and as if globalisation hasn’t occurred i.e. as if we’re not in the 21
century. And if it’s awkward for the secular world, it should be even less acceptablefor God’s kingdom.“The world has changed”, says Galadriel the Elf Queen (LOTR fans, heads up!).What about the church? What about our learning?Because it can’t be denied that learning isn’t what it used to be. Check out this chartcomparing the past/present with the emerging/future:
Teacher-Led / Top-DownStudent-Driven / All-RoundTeach to Test / Teacher assesses studentsTeach to
Students assess eachother (and the teacher!)Lecture / “I disseminate knowledge”Conversations / “We
learning”Institutional Authority – EncyclopediaBritannicaCommunity Consensus – WikipediaSubject-Centric : Language and Maths(Cyber)-Skill Oriented : Collaborationand Multi-MediaFacts and TruthPerspectives and ConnectionsSeeking the Correct AnswersAsking the Right Questions(Certainly the chart is a simplification, but – again – my point wasn’t to state
. Chill.)The good news is: God’s Word is ever-relevant and never fossilized. Our fundamentaltruths needn’t change. Jesus is still our Lord and Saviour. Most importantly for education, Jesus remains our Teacher through the Holy Spirit, our loving Reminder of all that Christ said (John 14:26).The tough news is: If we do not discern and adapt ourselves to the ways the world ischanging education-wise, to that extent our effectiveness in
with the worldfalters.Simply put, the Word made Flesh needs to be ‘Made Fresh’, too. Are we up to thechallenge?