My wife and I always yearned that our children would fulfill the destiny for which they were created. Parenting and Education should always have that goal in mind. In our case, we had two blonde daughters, which perhaps explains why I laugh at blonde jokes! Did you hear the one about the blonde who shot an arrow in the air? She missed.

From the outset of the lives of our two little blonde girls, we did not want them to miss. We saw in a previous post that the Bible speaks of our children as arrows. Arrows need targets. The task of parents and teachers is to develop strategies to enable arrows to hit targets.

God has unique targets in mind for every individual child. So often our school systems fail to recognize that. Our goal as teachers (as opposed to God's goal) is to try to get as many kids as possible to score well in our quizzes and assignments, perhaps, in part, because that result would be a measure of our success as teachers. But there are numerous students whom God has not designed to excel at math, and while a basic level of proficiency will be vital for their future, our true task is not to prepare them for our tests but for their destiny.

The very best vocation that a student can pursue is the one for which God has gifted them, and to which he has called them. It therefore stands to reason that the very best education for that child is the one that best equips him for that vocation. We are better at planning educational programs that prepare our students for university than we are at preparing them for a career as a garbage collector or as a creator of fine fragrances for a perfumery. And we are probably better at planning programs designed to develop leaders than to equip followers, despite the fact that far fewer of our students will need to know how to exercise authority than will need to learn how to submit to authority. Yet our students intuitively pick up on the fact that our programs honor leaders and exceptional academics; their sense of their own God-ordained destiny, if it does not fall within such parameters, is thereby devalued.

So how do we learn to discern the kinds of goals that the Lord has designed our children to accomplish, and how do we personalize our educational strategies in ways that recognize that God's plan is the highest goal, and the one toward which we should be investing our energy?

This is what we explore in Chapter 5 of "Pupils who can see" - a book that helps us build our educational programs with children in mind as it takes a look at a biblical view of the child as a student.

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