“I’m getting these young graduates…they have their degree–their credentials that say they’re qualified, but the interviews are unbelievable! They sit there like it doesn’t really matter to them whether they get hired. They show no ambition, no drive, and they actually have a hard time just conversing with me. I would much rather hire an ambitious, eager-to-learn employee that isn’t as qualified, as a supposedly qualified employee without any drive or eagerness.”
I’ve heard the same laments from my sister’s hiring processes and many others too. The dilemma is summed up in a word: CHARACTER.
The government school system boasts of its academic rigors (which are proving sorely inadequate, according to actual results), but they have failed miserably to turn out people of character–the stuff productive people are really made of.
The cause? Attempting to educate children apart from the laws of God. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” A system has said “There is no God.”
That system then, is foolish and can only produce fools, as the Bible speaks of them.
The poor attempts at “character training” that are made by the government are in vain because the bedrock is wrong. “The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God.”
And what of academics? All things spring from wisdom and the knowledge of God, including the character that propels a diligent student.
Educating children with the fear of God’s law as the fountain head educates a whole person both academically and in his character. What our country is suffering from, on many levels, is a generation who has failed to be instructed in wisdom, the beginning of true knowledge.
God is not mocked. We reap what we sow.
So I urge you, hide the Word of God in your children’s heart, day by day, moment by moment. There are reasons, from Scripture, that guide all that we do in life. Remind them frequently of their purpose in life: to glorify God and enjoy Him (there’s a deep theological implication there. I recommend John Piper’s, Desiring God.)
Are we modeling wisdom? Are our children “catching” honesty, diligence, self-control, kindness, eagerness….etc.? Remind them, in the hundreds of opportunities each day, what Scripture says about handling circumstances, responding and reacting to life around them.
Work on their communication skills and their ability to articulate their beliefs and opinions. Encourage them to face challenges eagerly, and ingrain in them that they have been fearfully and wonderfully made and endowed with gifts by their Creator.
This is the job of shepherding the hearts of our children and “making the world a better place”.
EXCELLENT article from Forbes (hat tip to Carolina): Want to Tell the State to Stick It? Homeschool Your Kids