Let’s face it; no education is perfect. If that were so, you would know absolutely everything upon graduating and no further learning would be needed. The truth is, every education is going to have some “gaps”. The question is: Where are yours?
While I believe in giving our children the best education I possible can, I only have so much time and so many resources available to me. It would be physically impossible for me to cover each area of study perfectly. It is also quite unfair for me to expect our children to absorb all of that information and retain it.
No; it seems gaps are inevitable. Somewhere along the line an area of study will not be covered quite as thoroughly as I could have or, heaven forbid, might get skipped over entirely. (Remember my whole tying the shoes error? Totally skipped that all important lesson; accidentally, of course.)
So, the question doesn’t seem to be whether or not our children will have gaps in their education, but, rather, where those gaps will be found.
Where would a gap in education not be acceptable? I would have to say theology (including world view apologetics and logic). No other area of our children’s learning is more important or more fundamental to the rest of their lives. No; theology should and will be the most solid part of their education.
Why theology? Theology is the study of God and religious belief. It is our belief, that how you view God and your relationship with Him, will help determine the remainder of your worldview. Knowing what you believe, and why, will affect your study of science, history, literature, and more. If we expect our children to have a proper foundation in all other areas of learning, it must first begin with theology. (For arguments regarding forcing religion on your children, please read THIS article.)
While we strive to keep those “gaps” in learning as little as possible, they are bound to happen. Instead of being caught up in spending every minute of every day learning all there is to possibly know, let us instead focus our energies on those things which are foundational to both their worldviews and their potential futures.
When a proper foundation for learning is established, there is a peace about the walls that are built upon it.
“…and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17
Chime In!: Is there an area that you feel should not have “gaps”?