Rivers, Not Ponds

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“In other words, the young are always educated by their elders. God has placed them in this particular cultural river; our children have no ability to flow in a different stream. This principle is recognized clearly when we are talking about parents and their children — just one generation. But it applies, just as clearly, when we take our grandparents and ancestors into account — all the way back to the birth of our Lord in the reign of Caesar Augustus, and before that to the covenant made with Abraham, and before that to the fall of our father Adam. Education cannot be successfully detached from our cultural river and turned into a small private pond. If any such attempt is made, the result will be a poor cultural education, not a culturally neutral education” (The Paideia of God, p. 133).

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