“I would then have [the reader] trace the process of our moral decline, to watch first, the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old teaching was allowed to lapse, then the rapidly increasing disintegration, then the final collapse of the whole edifice, and the dark dawning of our modern-day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them. The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things, rotten through and through to avoid.”
Sounds like commentary on today’s society but it was actually written by Titus Livy (59 B.C. – A.D. 17) as an eyewitness to Rome’s decay. Our teachers are reading the book this quote is mentioned and preparing for a study they will go through this year that will further enable them to excel in teaching their subjects due to understanding those subjects from God’s point of view. No nation was able to avert the tragic moral decline that led to the demise of the nation with the exception of the Hebrews in the old testament. Even they went through times of tremendous revival of spirit, finance, social, and international relations and times of horrifying decay. When they were strong, the heart of that revival started with their strong relationship to God and when they slid into depravity and being dominated, it was based on their turning their backs on God. This relationship – whether for good or bad – wasn’t just on the days they went to the temple, but permeated all of their society and all of their thoughts and actions.
How does this relate to education? If we want hope for our children’s future, we must start with their relationship with Jesus and help them extend that into their studies and all of their life. As they let God rule in all of their life – home, work, play, worship – then they will begin to change our nation.