Friday, June 17, 2005 in I Forgot To Pick A Category

The Master Plan of Education

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The workshop that I gave a few weeks ago was titled the Master Plan of Education. Originally, I had thought of doing a workshop on independent learning. But between when we initially contacted the conference coordinators by email and when I spoke to them on the phone, the idea for this workshop came to mind. About 4 years ago, I acquired a book called The Master Plan of Evangelism: 30th Anniversary Edition (MPOE) by Robert E. Coleman. The first 4-6 pages of it are endorsements from more than 30 Christian leaders including a foreword by Billy Graham.

Andrea had promised that we would put together some notes on it. In addition to the things that have been showing up in the blog, I’ve actually been working on something else as well. I think one of the reasons I’ve been putting this off is that I really don’t want to try to reproduce a transcript of the workshop. If they had the facilities and the time, I could easily have expanded on a great deal of the things I talked about and turned into a whole morning/afternoon or perhaps a whole day.

Where I decided to start was produce a summary of the points that I set out to make. And for your benefit, one point that I didn’t make in the workshop is that this was not intended to be a “Christian Education” workshop. I do hope, though, that the things I talk about are compelling to Christian educators.

Last fall I read a book which reduced another book to a few verbs. And in trying to summarize what I thought was the main points being made in MPOE, I decided to give something like that a try. What I ended up doing was reducing the content of the book to 12 sentences. The 12 sentences for the most part are not quotes. I’m not going to try to reproduce exactly the things I said along with those 12 points. Since this is a different medium and a different audience, I’ll use different explanations.

In the foreword by Billy Graham, he states that the author has pointed us to the unchanging, simple and yet profound biblical principles which must undergird any work. One of the things that I feel even Christians often forget is the degree of success that Jesus had in just 3 years including the lengths to which the people he trained were prepared to go to adhere to his teaching long after he had been executed. The reason I have read this book more than once is that it sets aside religion and talks about the person.

In the Preface there were 2 sentences. First, ‘Objective and relevance are the crucial issues in any work and focus on the need for a well thought through strategy aimed toward a long range goal.’ You may have started homeschooling to deal with an immediate issue and you may have started out relying on someone with more experience in it or education than you. But once you get on feet with it, it is important that you establish what your goals are in homeschooling. And from the goals you can arrive at some objectives that will get you there. It is only through that, that you are going to arrive at strategies that are going to accomplish those goals. What we discovered over the years is that many of the things that we were doing weren’t relevant to what we were trying to accomplish. Finally, don’t feel that once decided any of it needs to be cast in stone.

Second, ‘The purpose of this book is to look at the plan of a perfect teacher.’ I’ll just refer you back to what I said a couple paragraphs back. Essentially, for the most part the book does not discuss Christian doctrine.

Comments

  1. Interesting thoughts Ron. I will have to give it a second read at another time. My mind cannot comprehend such deep thinking so late into the evening.

    Spunky

  2. Dear Ron,
    as I am not (yet) homeschooling, but definetly will latest by fall, my comment also was “Wow”. I have read lots on the subject, and I must admit I am not at all Christian but very pagean, but all this truely makes sense in a very understandable way. Guess I’ll print it out and read it again…
    Any other hints for newbys?
    Marion