The Wisdom of the Word -- By: Roy L. Aldrich
BSac 124:494 (Apr 67) p. 157
The Wisdom of the Word
[Roy L. Aldrich, President, Detroit Bible College, Detroit, Michigan.]
For Americans education is a form of salvation. It is the high road for social mobility, financial success, greater realization of individual capacity. Few nations have tried to carry so high a percentage of their young through secondary education as in this country, and no nation has approached the United States in the percentage enrolled in institutions going beyond the high school level.”1 Thus writes John W. Nason, President of Carleton College, in his report of the 1965 Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. But in spite of its popularity, education is more widely criticized than ever before. Its philosophy, methods, goals, and results, are being severely debated and questioned by educators, students, and the general public. To quote again from the Aspen Report: “Rightly or wrongly students are complaining that they do not find in their studies material that provides them with significant answers and a meaningful education.”2 A more extensive criticism of modern education comes from the report of the 1965 National Conference on Student Stress sponsored by the Danforth Foundation: “The educational experience must be made relevant through a new solution. Just another new structure won’t liberate the thinking of the student and open him up to the real learning experience—the one that goes on inside when we really try to examine ourselves. We need relationships with teachers who will help us face the big tough hangups: Am I a moral pacifist or a coward? Is abortion a humane answer to the problems of unwed motherhood, and what has the pill got to do with my answer? Who am I, where am I, where am I headed, and do I really want to go there? Is an academic career any less sterile than one in business? What are the things that make
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a society really worth fighting for?
“No structure will ever open up the professor and the student to problems like these. Instead, we have to reshape the educational experience so the professor is more than a mechanism for dispensing information that enables the student to get the symbols of success.”3
Modern educational systems are rich in sophisticated equipment and in competent and well-trained faculties for imparting information, but poor in supplying answers to the fundamental questions of life. An appeal to the Bible for answers appears naive to the modern man. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the alternative is to drift on a boundless sea of mo...
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