“For the first eight or ten years of a child’s life the field or garden is the best schoolroom, the mother the best teacher, nature the best lesson book. Even when the child is old enough to attend school, his health should be regarded as of greater importance than a knowledge of books. He should be surrounded with the conditions most favorable to both physical and mental growth.” – Education p. 208, Ellen White
A powerful quote isn’t it? Imagine a radically different educational system. A system that does not confine children in poorly ventilated classrooms for 4 to 8 hours a day. A system void of skeptical false science. A system that focuses on the greatest Teacher of all time, Jesus Christ. A system that prepares your children for heaven. In the beginning, God designed an educational system for His children, Adam and Eve. He placed them in a beautiful garden, surrounded by the book of nature. Their physical education was not found in useless and selfish amusements, but in practical and productive gardening. “The system of education instituted at the beginning of the world was to be a model for man throughout all aftertime. As an illustration of its principles a model school was established in Eden, the home of our first parents. The Garden of Eden was the schoolroom, nature was the lesson book, the Creator Himself was the instructor, and the parents of the human family were the students.” (Education p. 20)
What environment are you placing your children in? Does the educational environment of your children copy the pattern of Egypt or Israel? How can we truly “Train up our children in the way they should go, so that when they are old they will not depart?” Fortunately, the Lord has not left His people without resources. Below are four helpful resources for Christian parents.