While preparing for our Raising Entrepreneurs April conference in Arkansas, I was thinking about school and the purpose behind education. It was just last weekend that I was meeting with a group of fathers after viewing a video by Karl Coke on education. In the video he said there are only two things to study – God and Creation. The funny thing is, even secular education institutions are studying one or both of these; but they’ll never admit it. In his talk he points out several things worth pondering as we engage our children in education:
1. Thomas Edison, well known for inventing the light bulb, didn’t actually invent the light bulb. Rather, he discovered what God has already built into his creation – Edison harnessed the tools and wisdom given to him by God to discover what God had already made possible. When we look at it this way, we see that everything man is creating, is really a discovery or an application of what God has already made true.
2. Coke pointed out that, to study creation without God is stupid. When we study science without the creator, we miss the most important aspects of science, since it is a creation.
3. Much time was spent building a case for two components of learning – to Observe and to Obey. They are different according to Coke. The first, to Observe, involves teaching and learning. Obey has the idea of recalling to memory. Both are necessary.
4. He pointed out the need for obedience to guard the moral behavior of man as he observes. He can observe and discover nuclear physics or the making of the atom bomb, but moral responsibility comes with obedience to God’s word.
5. I think his most important point here is that it is the Holy Spirit that gives us Godly wisdom. The natural man cannot comprehend this according to II Cor 2:14. As we meditate on His Word, we can expect our wisdom and understanding in all areas of God and His Creation to grow. If we want to accomplish great things while in this world, we would do well to follow the principles of education as described in scripture – God design education, His way, for His Purposes.
© 2012, David Stelzl