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October 2015

Education has been in the news again this month as it so often is.

Education is a vital part of any society’s infrastructure and preparation for its future growth and development, and yet is always disagreed over and has a high cost as we all think it important to invest in our young people. But then we argue about how education should be done and as we have all been receivers of it and most are involved in its delivery in some way often indirectly we think we all have a valid view.

Grammar schools have really hit the news with a new Grammar School ‘extension’ opening here in Kent as well as the 11+ exam results coming out this month amidst much debate as some passionately feel the system is unfair and others fight for the importance of free opportunities to a specialised academic institution for those for whom it is right.

The church has always been part of the eduction scene in this country and indeed for thousands of millennia. Education and learning is part of the Bible in the Old as well as the New Testament. Jesus is recorded aged 12 sitting and learning and discussing with the learned teachers of the law in the Temple at Jerusalem and Jesus’ followers were called ‘disciples’ (lit ‘learners’) from very early on.

Since then the church has founded, provided and promoted schools public, private and state both here and in many countries across the world, as have all faiths and denominations. ‘Sunday Schools’ were originally nothing to do with providing children’s groups during Sunday morning services, but started by a Christian Robert Raikes to provide education in the 3 ‘r’s – ‘reading ‘riting and ‘rithmatic’ as well as the Bible in the days when most young children were sent out to work and Sunday was the only day available to educate them.

I have 4 schools in this Parish – all different – where I am welcomed and encouraged to have an active role in supporting the work of education. One a church school where I have a place as a Governor as well as regular assemblies. One state school which interestingly was started by the church in the 1840s. One private school started after WW2 in the Old Rectory which has always had close associations with the church. And one special school which draws children from a wide area so the church especially provides a local focus into the local community. And I also discovered that since 1630 Rectors here have had a role in the running of the town’s boys’ grammar school so I find myself a Governor there too!

But I am very happy to have this hands on involvement in our schools. We are encouraged by the children and young people in our churches but it is a tiny proportion of the children in our land all of whom are involved in education. So by being involved in schools the church has a role to encourage children and young people to reach their full potential whether in grammar schools or not and also an opportunity to share with but not indoctrinate them Gods love and the good news of Jesus. And that doesn’t just mean the clergy, as in this area as up and down the country Christians give their time and service to our schools as Governors, Friends, in teams assisting with assemblies and RE and in what has always been seen as a Christian vocation, teaching itself in all it’s forms and disciplines.

Jesus valued children and young people and their learning. The church continues to do so. And our local church here has one of its 3 main priorities as supporting and promoting our work amongst children and young people.

Timothy Wilson


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