Education has the power to shape a culture, influencing the formation and transmission of cherished traditions, foundational narratives, and core values across generations. This guide seeks to reclaim a vision for a distinctly Christian approach to education aimed at fostering a renewal of Christianity in our day. Looking at a variety of key historical figures, including Jesus, Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, Horace Bushnell, and George A. Coe, along with various historical, philosophical, or social perspectives related to education, this book shows how exploring Christian thinking about education throughout history can equip educators today to reclaim their task.
This brief guide to the history of education is a valuable resource for those who wish to think about what education is, what it should be, and what it possibly could be. History helps to cure our myopia and enlarge our vision. Newell does a great job of presenting a broad picture of what education has been in various cultural settings in the past. Anyone interested in thinking Christianly about education would benefit from this small but wide-ranging treatment.
—Craig A. Carter, Professor of Theology, Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, Ontario; author, Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition
In Education, Newell offers his readers a compact and readable history of Christians’ involvement in education. He traces both the continuities and the shifts from the time of Christ to the present. I recommend this volume for anyone wanting a clear and accessible telling of a complex story.
—Ken Badley, Professor by Special Appointment, Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, Ontario; author, Educational Foundations in Canada and Faith and Learning
Get ready for a whirlwind tour through over twenty centuries of education in the Christian tradition! Newell highlights educational efforts, both formal and informal, and explores how changes in society impacted the growth, decline, and change in educational efforts by the church and society. In light of the past, Newell explores issues for the ‘next’ Christian education. A helpful orientation that will prompt needed reflection for our times.
—Kevin E. Lawson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; editor, Infants and Children in the Church; author, Supervising and Supporting Ministry Staff and Associate Staff Ministry
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Ted Newell (EdD, Columbia University; MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of education at Crandall University. He previously developed a business curriculum for vocational schools with the Papua New Guinea Department of Education and has taught adults and children in churches. He is the author of two books on education and theology.