November 12, 2007
Writings on Philosophy and Adult Education
Divine Drill and Practice
I just sat in on a presentation by the
psychometricist from Western Governors University. They advertise that
they are just like any other school except without the teachers and
classes. All their degrees are competency based- if you can pass their
tests, you get the sheepskin.
This movement is the logicus terminus of the utilitarian/pragmatic approach
that sees iterations in several of the philosophies we have looked at.
The goal is to produce a resume that will get the graduate hired. Social
skills are irrelevant. In contrast, the transformation that should take
place in the Christian classroom is to be two way- the teacher must
teach from the overflow of what the Spirit is doing in their own life
for this type of transformation to occur. I agree that current trends
toward teacher as facilitator eliminates the motivation of the teacher
to lay themselves bare before God before teaching. Putting on the talking
head and follow the script does not follow any biblical paradigm I can
Programmed learning as it exists in behaviorism is not what the Shema
(Deuteronomy 6) is describing, I would propose... teaching and learning
about loving God happens holistically - in the heart ( in Hebrew thinking,
the seat of the mind or intellect), soul (equated with the person himself,
the being, not the Hellenistic idea of something discrete from body
and spirit), and strength. We are to teach repetitively (the Hebrew
here does carry a behaviorist notion of drilling them into the child,
but the tefillin or phylacteries of later Jewish origin tended to turn
this beautiful rehearsal of truth into ritual.) Reckoning reality repeatedly
should be more of a joyous song than a mantra.
Teacher as facilitator can work if the facilitator is exercising the
true meaning of the word- to ease the process of learning, focusing
on real, not felt student needs. The teacher serves the student by serving
God's purposes in their lives, not what they perceive that they want
|Discussion points here soon... I
wrote the following in response to a thread that took off on how
to relate to homosexuals in the church; I see deeper implications
for this as the realization of the agenda has been through the conduit
of Higher Education.
The difficult thing about deliverance
The servant leader serves others out of an interest in seeing Christs
purposes accomplished in their lives. Higher Ed is in the stranglehold
of the homosexual agenda, so I will weigh in here. Having worked in
the arts and Higher ed for most of my career, I can identify with anyone
who wants to thread the needle of loving the sinner and hating the sin.
I have worked with, witnessed to, and had my heart broken more times
than I can count over the years by friends and coworkers in the homosexual
community. I currently work with two individuals that I pray for daily.
They are among the most competent people I know.
We cannot get around the fact that light has to confront darkness (Matt
18:1520) in order to love. In the last context, if a church member
slips back into that old lifestyle, discipline- whatever is required-
is in order.
In attempting to think and act biblically, I must conclude that any
Church that intimates acceptance of homosexual lifestyle by conferring
membership to an active homosexual is not doing a single soul trapped
in that darkness any favors by calling the lifestyle anything other
than what it is- sin. And yes, I would apply this measure to any other
habitual lifestyle of sin. (1 Cor 6:8-10).
And why I stand here...
this all may seem like a rabbit trail, but I think it is justified,
given the power of the homosexual lobby and veneer of acceptability
it has gained in Educational circles that in part has empowered its
infiltration of the Church and all of society as well. The watershed
issue here seems to be what constitutes Church membership. Grace extends
into the darkness and conquers it. The beautiful Bride of Christ is
to permeate the culture with righteousness as well as love. Purity is
not an option; this requires brokenness over our own personal sin and
glorifying Christ in our bodies. The human body is the Temple of the
third person of the Trinity- this is serious business. (1 Cor 6)
God is not glorified by "church members" who are actively
introducing this perversion into the presence of the Holy One. The concept
of church membership is predicated upon a regenerate, covenant priesthood
of believers. (1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 5:30) A lifestyle of sin, and
as Romans 1 characterizes it, "supressing the Truth" excludes
the unrepentent practicioner from entering into partaking of that covenent
relationship. It has nothing to do with the church being "judgmental".
It is a state of being that breaks the heart of the Bride.
The concept of a redeemed and yet active homosexual constitutes a "lofty
argument" (2 Cor 10:5-6) that must be brought down. Redemption
is from something and to something, he has called us out of darkness
and into marvelous light.1 Peter 2:9, I Thess 5:5) The model the Bible
presents is compassionate engagement, coupled with destruction of the
gates of hell in a cosmic battle ( 2 Cor 10:2-4).
Perhaps we are defining "membership" differently? I don't
see how one can consider actual inclusion in the body until one repents
and believes. Open the doors and bring poor sinners in, but Grace must
attain to be grafted into the vine. the believer is a supernatural being-
we are not "a new creatures" only- we constitute "new
creation" (2 Cor 5:17).
the Month- Online Learning
News from the Industry
U (Edmonton, Ontario)gets $30M to expand - edmontonjournal.com
The province is contributing
$30 million toward the construction of a new academic and research centre
at Athabasca University. With demand for distance learning on the rise,
the new facility is needed to expand Athabasca's service, including
adding new technology, support staff and library materials, administrators
is important for education, too - Times-Union
Article on the need
for investment in work force development. The fact that the nation is
seeing a dramatic decline in degree completion among adults, at the
very time that the majority of newly created jobs are requiring post-secondary
education, should be an alarm bell for higher education.
Survey Indicates High School Students Preference for Online Learning
to Expand Educational Choices - Marketwire
National School Boards
Association Annual T+L conference -- Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow,
a national education nonprofit group, today announce the release of
Learning in the 21st Century: A National Report of Online Learning.
The report underscores the importance and value which online learning
plays in increasing student and teacher achievement.
in, to e-learning - Times of India
Online education's acceptance
as a diverse and powerful tool of learning is yet to gain momentum in
India. That is changing.
to Engage Online Students and Reduce Attrition Rates - Lorraine M. Angelino,
et al; the JEO
to be a major issue in higher education. Attrition rates for classes
taught through distance education are 10 20% higher than classes
taught in a face-to-face setting.
of Florida to Present Results of Online Learning Research - Government
The University of Florida
(UF) has announced some early results from a nationwide education study
that suggests that online learning and state-led virtual schools can
be as effective as live classroom teaching methods. The research resulted
from a three-year $600,000 grant by the AT&T Foundation
Disabled less likely to be online - Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press
Americans with disabilities
and other chronic conditions are less likely to use the Internet, but
those who are online are among the most avid consumers of health-related
information, a new study finds.
Pathways (leading online learning journal) Archives Open - George Lorenzo,
George Lorenzo has announced
that all articles in Educational Pathways that were published previous
to the past year-to-date are now freely accessible online. Ed note:
EP is a leading publication in online learning.
Guide to Virtual Worlds - Mark Glaser, Media Shift
New frontier to be mined
for educational purposes.
Technical University Online Launches CTUMobile(TM)
Colorado Technical University's
Online campus, a well known degree-granting institution, announced the
launch of CTUMobile - an easy-to-use mobile learning channel that delivers
elements of Colorado Tech's online educational programs via web-enabled
cell phones and other wireless devices.
Survery Reports More Online Enrollments - Inside Higher Ed
More students than ever
are taking courses online, but that doesnt mean the growth will
continue indefinitely. Thats the takeaway from the Sloan Foundations
latest survey, conducted with the Babson Survey Research Group, of colleges
online course offerings.With results from nearly 4,500 institutions
of all types, the report, "Online Nation: Five Years of Growth
in Online Learning", found that in fall 2006, nearly 3.5 million
students or 19.8 percent of total postsecondary enrollments
took at least one course online.
Learning Tomorrows Training Today? - Terry Hurley, Training
isnt a new concept. Games-based learning motivates and engages
learners in a more creative manner than traditional classroom-based
learning. Today, approximately 70% of European company.
Christian is as Christian does
Essentials for Christian Ministry by Estep and Anthony)
Discuss the concept of administration as servanthood
as indicated beginning on page 45. Include the comparison of the
Gentile and Christian paradigm. Have you seen illustrations of
the Gentile paradigm in Christian ministries?
The answer to follow here soon.
The Gentile paradigm
The description in the book of the polarized Christian and gentile paradigms
is a bit simplistic, as servant leadership as a concept or principle
has been pursued by non-Christians for a long time in the literature
and in practice (and sometimes more successfully than in many churches).
Greenleaf wrote what is considered the seminal "secular" work
on this over thirty years ago. I work just a stones throw from the Greenleaf
Center in Indianapolis.
The so-called Gentile paradigm raises its ugly head anytime the God
given authority of a leader/administrator is usurped for man's glory
and not God's. I saw it most vividly at a church I was a part of for
nearly five years some time ago. The pastor started believing his own
press, as the church expanded to over 1000 members. I saw a change in
him as he publicly mocked his teachers and mentors who had advised him
that he did not have the gift of leadership by pointing to his "numbers."
He stated from the pulpit that the Christian way was to "use one
another". This church had one leader and one alone, and rotated
through other staff like a revolving door.
He very nearly fell into abject moral failure which was interrupted
by a revelation to the Church. He systematically attempted to ruin the
reputation of the secretary who was the object of his intentions when
found out. He proposed that deceitful methods were justified in getting
people into church membership as well as in witnessing. And people who
were enamored with this thought he was God's annointed and not to be
Many years later, I'm currently in the process of joining another local
church that is undergoing restoration as I write. I believe the Lord
is calling us to join in the rebuilding of this church that was devastated
by the Pastor's lack of acountability and total disregard for the servant
paradigm. It was sort of a mini-version of the Richard Roberts debacle
going today. The story never ends. With an entirely new staff and change
in the lay leadership as well, I am praying this church can overcome
the financial burdens and humiliation it has been left with and become
a great church that glorifies God in my community. This is a place where
I can live out my theology of failure.