How can our schools make the grade? Recent school tragedies have deepened concerns about education in our land. Parents, administrators, and public officials grope for answers but cannot agree on the root of the problem. At issue is the very purpose of education. Is it to fill blank minds? To impart skills for landing lucrative jobs? To create model citizens in a politically correct society?
The task goes much deeper than filling memory banks and curbing outward behavior, says Norman De Jong. A lifelong educator on several levels, Dr. De Jong calls Christian schools and homeschoolers to a fundamentally biblical philosophy of education, one that deals with human nature, revealed truth, and a child’s need to be transformed.
As a successor to the author's Education in the Truth, this volume takes a fresh look at the basic truths that should mold our educational endeavors. This book meets the fundamental need for a more biblical, Christian philosophy of education in a country that is becoming increasingly secular.
Norman De Jong (PhD, educational foundations, University of Iowa) is the author of Teaching for a Change: A Transformational Approach to Education (P&R, 2001), as well as other books and articles on education and government. He was associate professor of education at Dordt College and, subsequently, professor of education and director of teacher education at Trinity Christian College. He also has served as principal in three schools and taught at several others.
“Anything from Norman De Jong on the subject of education is worth reading. And especially in this day, when the secularists have so trivialized the task of education, it is important for Christians to remember that the work of the teacher always has to do with this explosive thing we call truth. Dr. De Jong is just the man to issue that reminder.”
—Joel Belz, WORLD Magazine