The Purpose of School


“There is a tendency to forget that the school is only a preparation for the home, and not the home a mere jumping off place for the school.” – G.K. Chesterton

Why do we go to school in the first place? Why do we send our kids to school? Judging by the priorities of our school systems, I think we’ve forgotten. It’s too easy to see our life at home as simply the “mere jumping off point” for everything else we do in the world. That our home is there to serve the greater purposes of our schooling or our career. But this is precisely backwards.

Our home (and necessarily our family) is supposed to be served by those things, not the other way around. Our careers should support our home, not the other way around. Our schooling should ultimately be focused on a better home, not the other way around. I’m not saying that our schooling and careers don’t serve other positive purposes in the world, also. But those other purposes should be secondary to serving the home and the family (and of course God).

But if we really believed this then the metrics we use to educate our children would be very different. And we would think differently about how our work and everything else fit into our lives. The world would be a different place — a better place.

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Margaret September 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

This message needs to shouted from the roofs across America… looks like we’ve totally lost our way, money and politics seem to overwhelm our every thought of late.

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