(This was first published September 7, 2010.)
The assumption of school is that people can learn. The assumption of summer vacation is that people need a break from learning. The assumption of grade levels is that people mature. The assumption of curriculum is that structure can help the process of learning. The assumption of teachers (or tutors or mentors) is that some people know more about a particular subject and about how to learn about that particular subject. The assumption of graduation is that when a person has learned a prescribed amount of content and can demonstrated that learning in a designated way, it is time to move on to another learning setting. The assumption of repetition is that clearly structured practice helps with the process of learning.
I know that we could have many conversations about those assumptions. We can identify how often they break down in individual classrooms or individual schools. We can debate whether grade levels are the best way to distinguish learning levels. However, it is difficult to disagree that we move from knowing less to knowing more, and that being intentional about that process makes sense in many areas of our lives.
So what about the God part of our lives? As you think about kids going back to school and teachers going back to school. what would it look like for us to go back to school this fall?
The writer of Proverbs quotes Wisdom as saying,
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
What courses are you signed up for this fall?