Recently three discrete concepts met in my thoughts.
- 1st was Dr. Henry Cloud’s Integrity: Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality [ISBN 978-0-06-084-969-6] available at http://www.amazon.com/Integrity-Courage-Meet-Demands-Reality/dp/006084969X?ie=UTF8&keywords=integrity&qid=1464706740&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1.
- 2nd was the idea of information literacy discussed further at https://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/bible-literacy/ .
- Last, came words for the cultural divide we are currently experiencing from an article on professional development in CSE found here: https://www.acsi.org/publications-and-newsletters/christian-school-education.
Let’s address integrity as defined by Dr. Cloud. In his words integrity is having the “courage to meet the demands of reality”. The title really tells it all – reality is demanding and requires courage to face but anything less than facing actuality is lack of integrity.
Information literacy means:
… a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” 1
The main website is here: http://www.ala.org/acrl/ and the definition for information literacy can be found here: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency#ildef
In pondering the idea of information literacy I began asking myself questions. What is my information literacy? What information do I need? Topping my list is scripture as the information from the Creator of all Creation. Then what? Another question poked its head out at me: What is the point of education in light of the Bible saying, “We have been given everything we need for life and godliness in Christ Jesus,” 2 Peter 1:3?
I look at Peter and John in Acts 4:13, “uneducated men” who “had been with Jesus”. Then I think about Paul who had also been with Jesus, Acts 9, and was well educated having studied under Gamaliel. I remember that to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the building up of the church (members), 1 Corinthians 12:7 and that education may be like the talents we are to invest, Matthew 25:14-30. My conclusion is that if God has allowed me to be educated a little, then I should continue but that the uneducated have just as important a role to play in building God’s kingdom.
In the process of indexing CSE: A Magazine for Christian School Educators [ISSN 1523-8202]Volume 19 Number 1, 2015/2016 I came to an article titled, “Growth Action Plans” (p. 10-11) by Connie Lawrence. Lawrence puts words to experience with our culture stating that up to now we, as a culture and as educators, “sought to grasp the whole of reality” (p. 10) but that postmodernism means “grasping a reality which is private, personal, and evaporating (Wells, 2008),” (p. 10). I took this concept and defined the culture war as between reality as it is and a desired fantasy world where individuals seek to avoid hard topics, see http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html?_r=0 , and/or http://safespacenetwork.tumblr.com/Safespace .
As a Christian I cannot accept a fantasy replacement for reality. I must go to the Creator to learn what He says about Creation and life in it with Him, sharing the good news of salvation along the way.