Saturday, March 22, 2008

On the direction of education

As an alum of Dordt College I remember when a group of students published a manifesto that began to question direction that the college was headed toward. Wendell Berry offers a thought that is very similar to the theme of the manifesto.
Now we seem to have replaced the ideas of responsible community membership, of cultural survival, and even usefulness, with the idea of professionalism. Professional education proceeds according to ideas of professional competence and according to professional standards, and this explains the decline in education from ideals of service and good work, citizenship and membership, to mere "job training" or "career preparation." --Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle

Having recently watched the movie Into the Wild, I recall a scene where Chris McCandless says to his friend Ron:
"Ron, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one."

The same idea comes from both of these quotes. Does our work life, family life, community life, and church life have much crossing or blending? It should. We aren't called to live parallel stories. We have a holistic calling. Let's try not to forget that.

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