What Really Counts in Education

A few weeks ago, Caleb left his cap at our teammates’ house. In order to get it back, our teammate teasingly required a “ransom”–a list of 10 reasons why Caleb loves Jesus. He could have help from his parents.

Here is his list, which he wrote and thought up himself, outside of a bit of help on the ones circled in red.


God used this list to remind me of a Christian’s true purpose in education. Our main goal is not that our children would get into good colleges or get a 6-figure salary upon graduation. Above all else, our goal for our children should be that they love, know, and follow Jesus.

When I do “Friday Freewrites” with Caleb, this is the type of thing I should encourage him to write on. When I work on skills in math, phonics, or grammar with Caleb, the whole purpose is that he would glorify God with his life.

I am not encouraging a fast from focusing on skills in favor of only teaching character. But an education without Christ leads to a terrible death by starvation.

Maybe while making our lists and philosophies of education, we moms should start with listing reasons why we love Jesus–and why we want our kids to love Him, too.

About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and homeschooling mother of five children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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6 Responses to What Really Counts in Education

  1. betancourt6 says:

    Amen, Amy! Thank you for reminding me of what is truly important. God bless

  2. Tonia says:

    Such a lovely post, Amy. What a precious list he’s written. Those are the moments I treasure in homeschooling and raising a family.

  3. mom & dad says:

    RIGHT ON AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ah0302 says:

    I love it! You are so right. Our methods and curriculum are great, but if they are not for the glory of God and not pointing our children toward Christ, they are worthless. Thanks for sharing this encouragement with us at Trivium Tuesdays!

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