Thursday, July 16, 2015


How did you learn and become the person that you are today? Chances are, you went to school. First with Elementary, then secondary, and then on to a form of higher education such as a university. But is that the only way? And is that the best way?

Education is a big topic that we will be discussing this Friday night. We will talk about the structure in America and Ukraine, as well as competing views on it. I (Beverly) was trained as an elementary school teacher in New York City and currently teach English with the ELC in Kiev. I have experienced many different forms of learning including formal (regular) education, homeschooling, a bit of "unschooling," and alternative/contract school (a mix of homeschool and regular school). I changed my major a few times in college and so have a wide variety of subjects that I have studied. Josh, (who will hopefully be joining us), has taken the normal route in education: traditional school, university, and finally law school. He also has a lot to say on his view of education. 

Why is education important? We all learn, so why does it matter how we learn or what we learn? It's important because it shapes our characters and makes us who we are. Whenever teachers get together to decide what they will be teaching their students, they ask themselves, "What do they need to know?" and "What books will we use to teach them?" This can be a very big task for them, because there is so much information in the world. As well as so many books and textbooks. How do we know what knowledge we should be learning? Proverbs 20:15 tells us that we can find gold and even many rubies, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. In other words, it is hard to find.

We were created in God's image, but since humans sinned and turned away from God, we can no longer directly commune (talk) with Him to learn how we should be. But the Bible and nature reveal (teach) Him to us.

"To restore in man the image of his maker [God], to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized - this was to be the work of redemption [Jesus coming to Earth to die for us and pa our penalty for sin]. This is the object [goal] of education, the great object of life...Love, the basis [foundation] of creation and redemption, is the basis of true education." (Ellen G. White - "Education")

English Journal

What was your education like?
If you could, what would you change about your education?
Do you think that education is good in Ukraine?


Education- By Ellen G. White -

How Evolution Flunked the Science Test - by Joe Crews -

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