In a church service recently, I heard a deputy principal of an Adventist school express the importance of Adventist education because, if it doesn’t continue, Adventist youth may end up leaving the church if they need to attend non-Adventist institutions of learning. This same deputy principal recently also presented a very simplistic warfare approach to the issue of science vs the Bible.
In my opinion, these practices and approaches are not genuine education. To change the metaphor, ‘The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.’ (Sydney J Harris) Much of what I see and hear about Adventist education seems to about looking into a mirror and ensuring one conforms to presupposed truth rather than looking through a window to see the reality of the world.
What do you think? Is my perception correct? How do you view Adventist education?