the power of cooperative efforts in a Christian environment
heighten the education of children.
The father’s wise advice in Proverbs is chock-full of advice for parenting, children,
and all of us. Several elemental themes from Proverbs are clearly presented
in Proverbs and the Formation of Character, by Dave Bland.
The following are some key points in this book. (You may wish to borrow this book from the school office or support HCS when you purchase your own hard copy or Kindle version through Amazon Smile.)
1. “A foundational element communicated in Christian education is all life has purpose, meaning, and value because God created us to be here, and He loves us. When we deny our origin, that purpose becomes unclear. Not to say that mankind has no sense of common wisdom. As your children study science, language, art, or history they become amazed by God’s creation:
a. They see there is wisdom in its purpose.
b. Children trained in righteousness see His creation and begin to recognize they are responsible on many fronts to that world for the glory of God.
c. They grow in their knowledge of the creation that surrounds them; they grow to trust the Creator’s Word.”
With this respect for the creator, knowledge begins.
“Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord.
But foolish people hate wisdom and discipline.”
- Proverbs 1:7, ICB
2. "Wisdom means to develop or acquire the expertise needed to manage the complexities of life." HCS focuses on developing children into accomplished learners, mastering basic knowledge content, instead of positioning all learning toward one job skill. Mastering these basics presents a wide range of skill sets when God leads us in paths different from what we imagined in our youth.
3. "Wisdom is not opposed to culture. Wisdom advise in Proverbs emphasizes concepts such as preparation, development, and instruction. In Hebrew wisdom means discipline the whole man." At Hyland, we work together to prepare our children, developing and instructing (disciplining) them in the elements needed to understand it’s not all about self; it’s about seeing a much bigger picture through His eyes.
4. Instruction (discipline) instills the broad character traits of righteousness, justice, and equity. In our Hyland community it means working well with others, thinking about serving others above self, understanding the blessing of wise choices, and practicing fairness. "It takes all of us working together learning a kind of ‘intelligence ability’, which really means learning to adapt and adjust to changes in life graciously, which also incorporates the ability to think creatively, (out of the box)."
Used by permission of the author.