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In most early cultures educating the young of the tribe was a central task of the tribe. In America educating the young is a low priority. Hundreds of schools across America show the results from movements such as Alliance Schools, in which teachers and parents are empowered to invest themselves in the education of their children — teachers and parents are co-creators of education. For more detail read Richard J. Murnane and Frank Levy's Teaching the New Basic Skills.

Many state legislatures give short change to schools, and provide less to schools for the economically depressed. If we will co-create, then we will assure enough funds for full education of all children, rich, poor, and between, with schools that are physically strong, well supplied with tools for teaching, and teachers paid and supported like other professions. When we the people and our legislators fail this mission, we become sin itself!

What is the goal of education?

  • Is it to learn a skill that pays wages?
  • To be citizens and learn the heritage of our country?
  • To grow physically as well as intellectually and artistically?
  • How to relate to others in ways that resolve conflict?

Or is education to build all of these? Does our education emphasize and prepare for all levels of people and abilities? Does our education appreciate ethnic, racial, and sexual diversity?

People who generations ago were hidden because of disabilities today become productive tax-payers and able to enjoy life, because of education. People who are so smart they were bored are now challenged by advanced education.

When we see education as co-creating with the Creator who no one has seen and no one has grasped, only then are we faithful to this One. This One has placed into our stewardship children and youth so that through our co-creation we educate them according to their abilities so they become mature people and citizens.

For a broad view of education from a politician who taught school click here.

Copyright © 2002 John F. Yeaman