From time to time I have the privilege of meeting with families who may be interested in sending their students to my kids' school. Last week I met with a potential family who are currently using a different method of education, and one of the parents teaches at a very different type of school than ours. This led to a lot of thoughtful questions and discussion, especially about educational methods, and it made me realize something about the way we want to educate our kids.
There are tons of educational methods out there. For quite a few years now, families have noticed that public schools just aren't hacking it and now alternatives abound. Homeschooling, Unschooling, Montessori, Waldorf Schools, the Steiner method, and classical education are just a few of the philosophies that are out there. For the most part, educational philosophers will try to argue that their method is the best for educating your child.
But I realized that what we're really trying to do is not to educate children for the sake of having educated children. Instead, we're trying to educate kids who are prepared to communicate their education, and the gospel, to a world that desperately needs both. You can have the smartest kid on the block, but if they don't know how to communicate their intellect, and consequently the gospel, with the rest of the world, what good does that education do?
Ultimately, then, we're not necessarily looking for the best education for our child, but we're looking for the best education that will prepare them to educate the world.