Reflection on Education

Pastor Matthew Best
6 min readMay 18, 2023

I’ve been thinking about education over the last few days. Here in Carlisle, there is a pretty important school board election that will determine the direction of where the district goes going forward. Will we continue on the same path, which has produced a pretty good school district and school system (all you have to do is check the rankings — Here’s a resource that offers the rankings.)? Or will we decide to change paths where our main concern becomes whatever the current culture war issue happens to be? That’s not an exaggeration — that what the two opposing teams of candidates are offering. Each of these teams won a primary and will face each other in the fall where voters will decide which direction to go.

And so, I’ve been thinking about what education is all about. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Some claim that education is about getting a job. Getting a job is part of education, but it is not the primary reason for education, nor should it ever be the primary reason. Even if a person doesn’t need to work, education will serve them well in life, because education is more than just getting a job.

If all education is about is checking off requirements and then getting a job, then we are looking at education as a transaction — I do this, and in return I get this. Frankly, that would be a waste, a missed opportunity for education to be more fully what it has always been about.

Education is about the betterment of a person. It’s about forming a person into a responsible citizen where they…

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Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.