Not long ago I read Urban Meyer’s book Above the Line. (Don’t write me off yet Tennessee fans. Because of common grace, we can learn good things in all kinds of places—even from rival coaches). In it he discusses Ohio State’s 2014 championship season and describes the organizational philosophy of their program. When I read these words, I had one of those “That’s what I was thinking” moments. Myer writes:
Sometimes I wonder if we’ve graduated an entire generation of hoop jumpers in America . . . when you ask them to give you an original thought, listen to the silence. There’s so much emphasis these days on test scores and class rank that I think we’re not doing enough to find the problem solvers and the truly creative thinkers. They can memorize and regurgitate, but can they think and act when it really matters? Teaching people to think is one thing, but teaching people how to think is altogether different (Myer, Above the Line, 191)
Meyer, of course, is not the only one to ask these questions. Decades earlier Dorothy Sayers in her remarkable address entitled The Lost Tools of Learning lamented, “Is not the great defect of our education today . . . that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.”
If Meyer and Sayers are right, and I believe they are, then we must have a more holistic view of education. We must teach students the facts of a given subject, but giving facts is not the entire goal. Knowing stuff is a good thing, but there are plenty of people who know a lot of stuff who are eating fish sticks in their parent’s basement their whole lives.
Instead, what we need is a generation who sees and understands the world from a Christian point of view. We need a generation who knows how to think through issues from a biblical perspective and act with the courage of conviction and moral clarity. We need a generation who can think clearly and creatively about the problems we face as a people. We need problem solvers. We need leaders.
At Christ Legacy Academy we aim to train just such a generation. As our mission states, “We partner with families to classically educate students to think, live, and engage the world in a manner that consistently brings glory to God.” We have adopted the classical approach, because we believe it facilitates a holistic view of learning designed to train today’s students to be tomorrow’s thinking adults who change the world for Christ.
I love being a part of this ministry. We are training tomorrow’s leaders today, and I believe the world will be better for it.