Family 101

From the June 2004 Trumpet Print Edition

A college education might indeed bring back higher returns financially, but it increasingly offers little else, which highlights one of education’s greatest flaws—teaching young people how to earn a living, but failing to teach them how to live. And the demands of the Information Age are only making matters worse. Employers today need more experts trained in highly specialized fields—narrowing the focus of education further.

True education is much broader than most people realize. It’s more than vocational training, or even developing the intellect. True education has to do with developing the whole man, including spiritual, mental, physical and personality development. Above all, it should teach students the divine purpose for human life. Beyond that, using the Bible as its foundation, it should familiarize students with the spiritual laws God ordained to govern our lives—and then thrust them into situations where they can learn to apply that knowledge now.

True education is like an intensive family course—first teaching individuals how to live, but also preparing them for the marriage and family careers they will enter into after college.

If your only goal in college is to increase your earning potential later, then you will not be satisfied with your initial investment. Supposing you do increase your earnings by $1 million over the course of your lifetime—what good is that if you can’t have a happy marriage?