Humility and Accountability in Education

Doug Wilson offers wise counsel in his post, “You Can’t Put In What God Left Out“:

Now no educational method should evaluated on the basis of the fact that there are kids bringing up the rear. No educator can put in what God left out. But neither should we evaluate any method based simply on how the most gifted do. . . The sooner you learn that people outside your plausibility structure (as the sociologists call it) know more than you do, the better life will go for you.

He later calls for the fair evaluation of homeschooling, like other school models:

. . .private Christian schools, government schools, and the various forms of homeschooling (coops, on-line learning, and pure kitchen table homeschooling) are all large enough for us to start taking measurements — if we really want to.

The basis for this, Wilson says, is both the Christian’s desire for truth and his desire for humble accountability:

Seeing yourself and your activities accurately is one of the greatest gifts of God’s grace that He can bestow, and He wants to bestow it on all of us — and all of us need it.

May the Lord give us the grace to not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to, but to count Him as the only Perfect One.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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