Blog Posts on Education

C.S. Lewis: The Dinosaur, the Parthenon, and the Optative

John Piper
C.S. Lewis: The Dinosaur, the Parthenon, and the Optative

Being a self-confessed dinosaur in the world of modern instincts, C.S. Lewis was, and is, therefore, refreshingly relevant. Already in 1944, his views on education were so well rooted in reason and experience that they were wonderfully out of date.

When I wrote last week on the glory of work, I had today’s blog post in mind. I thought: If I could ignite in you a love for the glory of work, maybe you would agree with Lewis about the relationship between... Continue Reading

Five Back-to-School Basics

Marshall Segal
Five Back-to-School Basics

The beginning of August signals the beginning of back-to-school shopping, or at least back-to-school-shopping commercials. You may not know it, but whether you’re a freshman or senior, you’re going to need more than notebooks, pencils, and a strong book bag.

You need truth. Sure, you’re going to school, willingly or unwillingly, to learn, but there are truths you need before the algebra, literature, and biology. While you should develop good study habits for the new semester, here... Continue Reading

Do You Feel Called to Teach?

Jonathan Parnell

In 1977 John Piper organized some advice for a group of college students who were considering a career in teaching biblical and theological studies.

The counsel includes the goal of teaching, the difficultly in teaching, and the personal traits that might make you fit for such a vocation.

Here's the list of those five personal traits:

  1. You have to be a good explainer.
  2. You have to believe in the value of thinking.
  3. You need to feel an inner drive to solve intellectual problems.
  4. You... Continue Reading

I Hope My Daughter Hears the President’s Speech

John Piper

I am stunned at the outcry against the President of the United States speaking to the youth of this nation about the importance of education.

I am embarrassed by the governor of my home state saying that the president’s plan to address them is “disruptive . . . uninvited . . . and number three . . . I don’t think he needs to force it upon the nation’s school children.”

This speech seems, for me, to be an answer to a prayer that I have prayed for the president... Continue Reading

Public Schools Need Competition

John Piper

J. Gresham Machen saw in 1933 what many are trying to say today about the need for private education.

The only way in which a state-controlled school can be kept even relatively healthy is through the absolutely free possibility of competition by private schools and church schools; if it once becomes monopolistic, it is the most effective engine of tyranny and intellectual stagnation that has yet been devised. (J. Gresham Machen: Selected Shorter Writings, 167)