Jan 6, 2013
The Neglect of Wisdom in Education
"Modern society with its commitment to progress and novelty, its hurried fascination with youth, and its suspicion of anything old (including old people), makes it difficult to find time to reflect, ponder, and wonder. In such a climate, wisdom is unlikely to flourish. Even in the domain of contemporary schooling, despite a natural affinity with the tradition that cares deeply about education, there is likely to be resistance to biblical wisdom’s lessons since there is little evidence that wisdom could be an “outcome” of a standardized curriculum. In addition, schools may resist wisdom’s expectations of practice in the ordinary world of everyday life in the community and its insistence upon virtues such as silence, reflection, reverence, and humility.”
Charles F. Melchert, Wise Teaching: Biblical Wisdom and Educational Ministry (Phillipsburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998), 8.