First of all, I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday morning.
I read Bruce MacInnes article on how he thinks the bible should be included in school education, absorbing what he has to say. I can certainly understand broadening a child's view on the world, and also adapt critical thinking skills. But I like my kids to learn how to think, not what to think.
I was trying to comprehend what he was trying to say on intelligence and wisdom...
Increasing intelligence was one of the goals, but enabling me to use my mind to make good decisions and to become a good citizen was the main purpose of my enrollment in school. After all, intelligence can be used for evil and for good, but wisdom will always be predisposed to good works and the building of solid character. Wisdom should be the primary purpose of all educational endeavors and increasing intelligence, by the acquisition of facts, only secondary.
My first thought was, well what, exactly, is the definition of intelligence and wisdom?
Intelligence is the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge.
Wisdom is the accumulated knowledge that gives the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; gives the common sense; gives insight.
So if I replaced the words with each definition: "My capacity to acquire knowledge can be used for evil and good, but my accumulated knowledge will always be predisposed to good works and the building of solid character". I think we are all born with a certain capacity, or intelligence, but I'm not quite getting what he means by "used for evil and good". Maybe I'm being way too nit-picky, but I'm trying to understand. I do agree that our accumulated knowledge does give us the ability to judge things and help build character. And intelligence isn't increased by facts. Just FYI.
Bruce asks the question:
If wisdom and knowledge are the goals, why is it that God has been “kicked out” of our schools? If there is a fundamental question to be answered in the heart and mind of every citizen is it not the question of the existence of God? Why is even a discussion of this nature shunned by those charged with educating our young people?
I, personally, would not have an issue with a separate philosophy course being offered to students discussing religion and spiritually of many faiths and many cultures. Colleges have courses on philosophy, and why not in high schools? But I would not recommend it in elementary schools.
Again, broadening my kids world view is a good idea. I think where the problem begins and ends is that in America, the idea of a Christian God is what should be taught as the only correct world view. All faiths, if taught, should be welcomed. This includes Islam, and even atheism, which I'm sure some southern, bible-belt Christians would be appalled at. There in-lies the double-standard.
Cannot intelligent people talk of that which is most important in all of life, especially considering that the Bible tells us that it is foolish to say there is no God? Proverbs 9:10 even goes so far as to say, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is under-standing.” If this is true, and I believe it is, then any educational institution that denies God, or refuses to take up the subject, is short-changing their students.
My point.. this is because this is ONE world view. I'm trying not to bring up my own issues with using the Bible as a basis for argument, but that is part of the problem. What about the Quran? Torah? Eastern religious texts?
Also in philosophy, what about the argument against such beliefs? Seeing both sides and critically thinking about the argument itself? This would be a great tool for students to sharpen their brain.
If someone says “whose God will be allowed in the classroom?” the answer is simple: there is only one God. The only wise God is the only one to be taught because there are no others.
You lost me here. Isn't this a bit self-centered and presumptuous?
The Bible speaks of denying the existence of God as foolish and leaving God out of education as detrimental to wisdom and knowledge. Hopefully someday the “fools” that have bankrupted our education will be replaced with wiser leaders that know and understand where wisdom and knowledge begin.
Now, name calling is a rather silly way to try and stop questions before they are even asked. If you dare even question the existence of God, you are a fool? I would say you are the fool for denying the opportunity for debate and questions. This always gives me the impression of fear, the fear of loosing the argument. And trying to scare me by throwing 2000 year old book "facts" at me is a weak offense.