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Education in the Coronavirus: What Now?

  1. What Has the Coronavirus Done to Our Schools?
  2. The Erosion of Higher Education
  3. A Virus Worse Than Covid-19
  4. Children: Bullseye of Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  5. Parents or the State: Who Owns the Children?
  6. Education in the Coronavirus: What Now?

In this last post of the series on Coronavirus and education, let’s consider a vital question: How are we to respond? What lasting takeaway can we derive from these reflections that will enable a more appropriate, virtuous and effective educational philosophy and practice?

The disruption of schooling by the Coronavirus has at least one positive effect: it has provided opportunity to rethink our priorities for the education of children and societies. Anyone who desires to build a free and flourishing nation must understand the importance of education, and especially the impact of one’s worldview. Only the biblical worldview and biblical virtues can establish free societies.

Next steps

First, we need to distinguish between the issues occupying the public discourse today and THE ISSUE, the worldview or ideology that is underlying the discussion.

Second, having recognized this distinction, we need to focus at the worldview level. Ideas have consequences! It is one’s worldview that ultimately drives education policies and what happens in the classroom.

Third, we need to become conscious that education policy and program is driven by some faith or ideology. If it is not driven by Judeo-Christian theism, which leads to the flourishing of your children and ultimately the community, it will be driven by atheism in its modern evolutionary form or by postmodern Critical Theory which will lead to the diminishing of your children’s lives. Either of the latter two will lead only to chaos, slavery and poverty. The former will restore order for a free and flourishing society.

coronavirus has opened new possibilities to transform education in the WestThe question is not Should children should receive an education? They should! But there’s a big difference between education and schooling. Much state-sponsored schooling is not education, but indoctrination. A better question is this: Do you want your child to be indoctrinated by the state, or to be educated?

Finally, we need to speak of these truths in our families and communities, to become champions of biblical principles of education based in the truth of the Word of God. This is the way to freedom and flourishing. “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,’” (John 8:31-32 NIV). As we embrace and teach from the biblical worldview, building on the foundation of what Francis Schaeffer called true Truth, we will benefit in our societies.

Again, the foundational issue is the worldview that underlies public schooling. Atheism has created the framework of modern and postmodern educational philosophy and methodology. The Judeo-Christian worldview provides a framework for developing a biblical theology of education. Such a theology can inform the church, parents, educators and administrators in the pursuit of true, biblical education in the Coronavirus era.

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).