Thursday, September 23, 2004

Education -- Why?

I had a good discussion with some people at work today about the role of education in our lives. One point of view was that education was something that helped us be productive. When pushed to consider issues like the role of art or even art history in education, the functionality becomes more obscure. The consensus of the group was that there should be functionality, however, we might not be able to discern it. While utility and functionality are a part of those equations, there are other reasons for education other than for usefulness. Do we worship God because it is useful or because he is worthy? While there are benefits to worshipping, those are secondary. A good education must include aspects of worshipping God to be truly well rounded.
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