Educating the Mind
Rationality is an essential aspect of God’s character. We see this in the creation story. Creation was made in a very rational and thoughtful process.
- On the first day God created the heavens and the earth.
- On the second day God created separated sky and waters.
- On the third day God gathered the waters into one place allowing dry land.
The events that we see in the creation story are no doubt the work of a rational and thoughtful God.
Rationality, reason, and thinking are attributes that we inherit by virtue of being created in God’s image. It something that is inescapable of humans. We think and act with rationality in everything we do. This is something we do by virtue of existing and bearing God’s image. Learning to think and reason correctly is something that must be taught to students.
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2
We must teach our students and children to think correctly, to reason as image bearers of God, and to view the world as God views the world.
Now, this next part is VERY important. There are those who would say it is better to wait to teach children reason or logic until they are older. They say that the “child” is not capable to be taught how to reason correctly; however, this view is incredibly incorrect and dangerous. To say this is to deny that children, regardless of age, are image bearers of God. It says that the “thinking” aspect of God’s character doesn’t apply to young children. But any parents who’s child has argued and convinced them to stay up past bedtime knows that children are capable of thinking rationally.
All of the attributes of God that we inherit by being made in his image are present in us from the beginning. They must all be developed and trained to be used correctly from the earliest age.
When we look at our children or students, we must understand that they bear the image of a rational and thoughtful creator. We must acknowledge this ability for students of all ages. It is something that we must develop and instruct correctly and with purpose in order to educate them to perfectly and completely fulfill the purpose that God has for them.