What's On the Test

July 31, 2019

Testing, one, two, three...

 

In our homeschool curriculum we did certain subjects—history, science, art, Bible, etc. as a group. We had multilevel ages and everyone participated on their level. Each had tests or non-tests for each student. 

 

I've seen a meme several times. It says 'Do away with algebra. Teach kids how to balance a check book, make a budget, fill out a tax return...'

 

Young Fuzzy is often times wise beyond his age. I posed another meme I'd seen and didn't quite like. 

 

You know, one of those memes that was catchy and people were like, 'yeah, that's right,' but when you sat back and looked at it, it was off somewhere?

 

He said to me, 'well, mom it's a false choice...'. This meme about throwing out algebra is a false choice also.

 

When did it stop being possible to teach both algebra and general math? My children's general math book in the seventh and eighth grade covered those general things.

 

My question here isn't just about school or children. There are many tests out here. Lessons are learned everywhere in life.

 

Learning isn't about sitting in a class. Life-lessons, such as obedience, leadership/cooperation, honesty, caring and mindfulness are taught beyond the classroom.

 

And we parents have failed. Adults have failed. When we can't see where we are being played—where the false choice is, we're in deep trouble.

 

 Most religions teach basic things like being kind to others and doing good in order to receive good, but what sets Christ's philosophy apart from, say Buddhists?

 

It's not just Jesus' excellent doctrine, the love, or the discipline that sets it apart. Jesus' claim to be the Son of God, to be the way, the truth, and the life is the cornerstone. 

 

Buddha didn't lay down his life for his followers, nor did any other philosopher. Jesus did.

 

People may reject that, but it doesn't make it any less true. Two plus two will still be four no matter what someone may believe about it.

 

Those who choose to truthfully follow Jesus will be better people and the world will be better for it, but...

 

That is the test in this life. The answers for the test probably aren't as hard as we make them. But the application...that's the hard part.

 

Luke 9:23  "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24)  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." 

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