"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Teaching at a Christian College

A very interesting article on why teaching at a religious college is so inviting. In looking for a teaching position for next year, I've gotten a few interviews, both at secular and Christian schools. I've been very impressed with Christian schools, mostly because they have a much more integrated, holistic view of education than do the secular ones. College is as much about the formation of the person as it is about the acquisition of knowledge or preparation for a future career. No doubt a place like this would not be for everyone, but for me (and folks like me) it can be quite attractive.

3 comments:

Hunter Baker said...

I'm with you, Michael. One think I keep trying to tell people freaked out by the emphasis on faith and learning at Baylor is that it opens up more possibilities rather than less. My experience at Baylor was that we talked about everything that would come up at the various state universities I've attended, but that there was an added dimension of depth.

Kathy Hutchins said...

At a lower level on the educational hierarchy: one benefit I did not anticipate when I enrolled my children in Catholic schools is how differently the role of the parent-volunteer is seen. We are expected to interact with the school not just for our own child's benefit, but for the benefit of the school at large; we are encouraged to see all the children as our responsibility in some way; and we are expected to witness to all the children, through our words and actions, not just that we want to help them with math or reading or music, but that we want them to fulfill their destinies as children of God.

How different from my (admittedly brief) relationship with the public schools, where I was seen as a nuisance because I surreptitiously taught my kid phonics at night.

Tlaloc said...

Well it does make a certain amount of sense that an educational edifice that has a central thematic element (in this case a specific religion) would do well at providing an integrated educational experience. Similarly My bet is that an old school communist school would do a good job of making everything relate back to the central theme of the politics.

Of course that's not to say that a unified education is a better education (see again the communist example).