Curriculum that will be used in schools:
For those who have looked at the educational blueprints, outlined in the Bible and the spirit of Prophecy, it is made very apparent that there are many different types of education, that are considered essential, to gain a fitness for life, and working for God. Below are some basic ideas of what will be used in schools, as far as curriculum, but could change some, depending on location, or as new ideas are presented.
The first, and most obvious type of education included, is the normal course of education that most people take, or the 'essentials.' Except, that the normal types of curriculum used for this, would be omitted. Take this quote, for instance. “In the education of children and youth, fairy tales, myths, and fictitious stories are now given a large place. Books of this character are used in the schools, and they are to be found in many homes. How can Christian parents permit their children to use books so filled with falsehood? When the children ask the meaning of stories so contrary to the teaching of their parents, the answer is that the stories are not true; but this does not do away with the evil results of their use. The ideas presented in these books mislead the children. They impart false views of life and beget and foster a desire for the unreal. The widespread use of such books at this time is one of the cunning devices of Satan. He is seeking to divert the minds of old and young from the great work of character building. He means that our children and youth shall be swept away by the soul-destroying deceptions with which he is filling the world. Therefore he seeks to divert their minds from the word of God and thus prevent them from obtaining a knowledge of those truths that would be their safeguard. Never should books containing a perversion of truth be placed in the hands of children or youth. Let not our children, in the very process of obtaining an education, receive ideas that will prove to be seeds of sin. If those with mature minds had nothing to do with such books, they would themselves be far safer, and their example and influence on the right side would make it far less difficult to guard the youth from temptation.” (The Ministry of Healing, pg. 446, 447.)
So, instead of pagan classics, novels, and fictitious or questionable materials, the Bible, and supporting books, would be used.
“God has declared His purpose to have one college in the land where the Bible shall have its proper place in the education of the youth... The words of God to men, which should receive our first attention, are neglected for the utterances of human wisdom... Never from cowardice or worldly policy let the word of God be placed in the background. Students will be profited intellectually, as well as morally and spiritually, by its study.” (5T., pg. 26, 27.)
So, only a curriculum that agrees with the above quotes, will be used.
Now, for the interesting, and revolutionary part!
Look at this quote. “We desire that our children should study to the best advantage. In order to do this, employment should be given them which will call the muscles into exercise. Daily, systematic labor should constitute a part of the education of the youth, even at this late period.” (Fundamentals of christian education, pg. 44.)
So, how does this happen?
The answers are both exciting, and endless!
One good answer is given in '6T., pg. 182; “Many young people will come to school who desire a training in industrial lines. The industrial instruction should include the keeping of accounts, carpentry, and everything that is comprehended in farming. Preparation should also be made for teaching blacksmithing, painting, shoemaking, cooking, baking, laundering, mending, typewriting, and printing... Cottages and buildings essential to the schoolwork are to be erected by the students themselves.”
Also look at this quote. It is from 'Messages to young people,' pg. 179, 180; “Both young men and young women should be taught how to cook economically, and to dispense with everything in the line of flesh food... Women especially should learn how to cook. What part of the education of a girl is so important as this? Whatever may be her circumstances in life, here is knowledge she may put to practical use.”
Another very important part of education is agriculture. Look at this quote. It is from '6T, 178, 179; “Some do not appreciate the value of agricultural work. These should not plan for our schools, for they will hold everything from advancing in right lines. In the past their influence has been a hindrance. Study in agricultural lines should be the A, B, and C of the education given in our schools. This is the very first work that should be entered upon.”
So, straight from the Spirit of Prophecy, we have many ideas of what types of education should be administered in our schools. These ideas can be used as a base, and expanded.
Also, another large blessing from this industrial education, is the product! You see, our schools can be self-supporting. That should be exciting!
So, here are some basic ideas for curriculum, above and beyond basic book learning.
-Evangelism: Evangelism would be taught, in all its practical facets, including: Literature evangelism, Bible studies, colportering, preaching, teaching, etc.
-Music: It would be the effort of the schools to teach the principles of music, and what is good music, as well as to teach students to play musical instruments to God's glory.
-Agriculture: Green housing, farming, etc., as well as animal care, Horses, etc.
-Domestic training: Cooking, baking, cleanliness, sewing, mending, etc.
-Industrial training: Carpentry, welding, shop skills, mechanics, alternative energy technologies, off-grid survival, etc.
-Mission pilot training: Training from start to finish for future mission pilots.
-Medical missionary training: Training for many phases of medical work, including emergency, first aid, CPR, and natural healing.
-Technological skills: Computer skills, videography, printing, etc.
These, and any other types of education that would be considered useful in God's service, could be used.
God truly would be glorified by the use of education, as He has planned it! There are schools that follow these guidelines, but they are surely not as many as they should be. Why not do our part to finish up the work quickly? God is anxious for the sure result! His soon coming! Let us join together in preparing for that day.