Education as Formation
Formation not simply Information
Education is often viewed as transmission of information, as if the teacher's role is to open the student's head and pour in a bucketful of knowledge. At Samuel Fuller School, we believe that teaching is a much richer task than simply passing on all the things that one knows. We view education as formation, not simply information. James K. A. Smith, in his book Desiring the Kingdom describes education as a way of shaping what we love, not just what we think.
This sort of education is about a way of living, and not just about “knowing.” While increasing knowledge is certainly a part of what it means to become educated, a biblical view of teaching and learning is so much more than just enlightening the mind.
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your might.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way,
and when you lie down, and when you rise.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between you eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."