Here are the basics of education:
One size doesn’t fit all.
The lowest common denominator slows down the process.
Students learn best at their own speed.
The best way to learn any subject is to teach it.
Students can tutor other students.
Digital technology is decentralizing everything.
Free is cheap.
The division of labour works.
Wikipedia already offers the basics.
Each social group has its own agenda.
The Establishment has its agenda.
This agenda is at best a compromise for everyone else.
All gatekeepers are losing ground.
There are many valid ways to certify competence.
If you can pass the exam, you don’t need a classroom.
Bureaucracies are not efficient.
Unionized bureaucracies are the least efficient bureaucracies.
Monopolies are not efficient.
State-run monopolies are the least efficient monopolies.
Control over education is the most important political monopoly.
The state is going bankrupt.
Therein lies an entrepreneurial opportunity.
When rats are leaving a sinking ship you know there’s something wrong. Public education is doomed. It’s not for me to try and predict how long till it sinks beneath the waves.
What is my challenge is to explain that this great demise is going to be great for children, for parents, for families, the church and society. And most of all, it is an opportunity that every Christian family should be excited about, because of the phenomenal opportunities it will bring for every society, in terms of tax-savings, advances in culture and education, and the liberty and prosperity of nations under God.
Any long-term solution to our education problems requires the decentralization that can come from competition.
Centralisation is the tool of tyrants, but decentralisation means greater individual and family freedom. The prospects are truly enormous and exciting for us, but they are predicated on one thing: the obedience of Christians to the Word of God as it applies to their children’s education. This is the very thing that can lead to national transformation.
How do we know this? Jesus said of His disciples, “you are the salt of the earth” (Mat.5:13) and “the light of the world” (Mat.5:14). He also predicted that “the kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (Mat.13:33).
What does this mean? It’s not rocket science. Christians are to take the kingdom of God all over the world, and transform societies with the gospel. This means discipleship, it means liberty, it means changes to law (according to God’s law), and it means cultural change. Nothing is to be left out of the influence of the kingdom.
You say, “even culture as well?” Absolutely. Jordan writes,
Culture follows from, arises from, and is dependent upon faith. Spiritual loyalty to God, in faith, must precede and be the ground of all cultural change. It not only must be, it inevitably will be. The gospel has inevitable consequences, and so does Baalism.
OK, it may take centuries. So what? We’ve had twenty and the job hasn’t been completed. That’s the Great Commission (Mat.28:18-20). That’s the job we’ve been given. Jesus said, “…until it was all leavened.” He predicted the total change of the world, through the leavening impact of the kingdom of God, through God’s people.
It begins with God’s people obeying the Word of God with their children. That means extricating them from the citadels of humanism, public education, and discipling them: preparing them for a life of service and dominion; what Adam and Eve were placed here for (see Gen.1:26-28), and what we are here for.
It means moving away from the centralising pattern of State control: “one size fits all. Everyone do it this way! No variations allowed!”
Parental control of child rearing, especially education, is one of the bulwarks of liberty. No nation can remain free when the state has greater influence over the knowledge and values transmitted to children than the family…The best way to improve education is to return control to the parents who know best what their children need.
We’d better get ready. Why? Because God said “all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Nu.14:21), and we’ve got a job to do.
Have you started yet?