Excellent reminders as we begin a new school year in this oldie-but-goodie from Brian Douglas at First Things: First Five Temptations For Classical Christian Education. This one was especially compelling to me:
We will not successfully overhaul the education system just because we have the right methodology. Education cannot be reduced to a formula, even if the formula is a good one. Education is ultimately God’s work in the soul of a child, and forgetting that fact leads some educators to feel inadequate. We err frequently, do things for the wrong motives, misjudge students academically and spiritually, and fall short of the glory of God.
This temptation requires my constant vigilance, in and out of the classroom!