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It's a Different World for Students

by Steve Cox, October 25, 2006

Please quickly scan through and answer the following questions with a simple “Yes” or “No.”

  • If you need to find a road in Kelowna, do you have a good map in your car that you might consult?
  • Have you marked your friend’s birthday on your wall calendar?
  • If you wanted to find out the hours at the giant local “box” store, would you look up their number in the phone book and give them a call?
  • If you want the best price on a new DVD player, would you diligently check the endless flyers that come to your door?
  • If you want to know what happened in the world today, would you watch the news? Are you subscribed to the daily newspaper?
  •  Have you played a good table game with anyone recently?
  •  Would you enjoy journaling your thoughts and then sharing them with three of your friends over coffee today?

Please be patient, I am going somewhere with this.

  • Did you tune your radio to a music station this week?
  • Do you reconcile your bank accounts with mailed-out monthly statements?
  • When you want to check a verse in the Bible on a certain topic, do you flip to the concordance and find the reference?
  • If you wanted to know if your local library had a certain book in stock, would you ask the librarian?
  • If you wanted to send a thank-you note for last night’s invite, would you pick out a nice card and write of your gratitude?

If you answered “Yes” to many of these questions, I’m afraid you are showing your age. You’re “old school.” Today’s students choose to do almost all of these things on the computer.

The computer has become their reference tool for researching, shopping, and travelling. It’s also a communication tool that keeps up their social calendars and lets them stay in touch with their friends. In addition to these services, it has become their method of schoolwork organization and many of them use it for gaming relaxation.

It’s a new world. When the average homeowner bought his first home computer in the early nineties, he had no idea how it would begin to change his children’s way of life. They started by playing on the keys; learning letters and words through educational games. Fifteen years later, it is influencing the way they take in information, write their essays, record their research and present their opinions. Similarly, our schools are undergoing rapid changes in the way they must educate. Children are learning in a different world than what we learned in.

You can still find the good old fashioned seatwork at school. There’s nothing better than a pencil scratching away at paper to engage the brain but students must be taught how to gain knowledge with discernment. They need to have a Christian foundation to build all that data on. In the public world, there’s increasingly more material and less clarity with which to build a solid Christian worldview.

It’s comforting to know that regardless of the way that “providing an education” changes in our world, Heritage is committed to presenting it with Christian values. This is the standard that will always be the cornerstone of the way we deliver an education to your children.

Steve Cox