It’s amazing to me how many people say they believe in something but won’t defend it. For Christians, this might include not defending their religion or their God. For non-Christians, this may include not standing up for their business or their favorite charitable organization. But as slow as some Christians are to defend their faith, they are quick to defend their beliefs about the importance of a college education.
After enjoying a morning run with my daughter, helping her train for basketball, we were sitting at the breakfast table discussing the topic of education. We talked about how it is so odd that you have to have two years of algebra now to graduate high school. Why is that odd? Because most people are never going to use algebra for anything! Now, I agree there are some careers where you do need some math, such as engineering. For example, I worked in a plant with forty-two high-tech robots. But did I use algebra? Nope! I got by with basic math skills on a daily basis. In fact, I honestly can’t recall a time I ever used algebra in my career!
Most education today is like a conveyer belt, as described by Oliver DeMille in his book Thomas Jefferson Education. It moves people along from one thing to the next while subjecting them to the identical treatment. But we are not robots to be manufactured; we are unique beings and our career paths will be unique as well! A lot of the things we are taught in the “conveyer belt” education system are just not needed in our normal, day-to-day life. Please understand: I am not against college or education… in fact, in a sense I am probably more PRO-education than most people that teach at a college. I just believe education should be self-directed and that we should give it some thought before we dive into a certain curriculum.
With this in mind, I want to share a powerful video with you on the subject of education. (Special thanks to my friend Tony from Michigan for sharing this with me!) As you watch this short video, my hope is that it causes you to think. Some people might feel their blood pressure rise. Some might feel offended. Some people might even turn off this video. But what I’d like you to do, if you wouldn’t mind, is to watch the WHOLE video, and then at the end just challenge your thoughts on education and WHERE and WHY you and your children are getting an education.
Enjoy the video!
God bless, Tim Marks