The Family University Network: Unplugging Institutional Higher Education
Why not build a Christian family enterprise with the energy, funding, and infrastructure that would otherwise build the state or private educational institutions?
It is shared knowledge today that serious moral problems exist in families, churches, schools, colleges, corporations, and political arena. These problems have academic, moral, and philosophical roots reaching back centuries, and have been promoted by the methodic separation of knowledge from faith in God. The meaningful amount of teaching required to equip people with the ability to ascertain the times and apply Scripture by faith to all areas of life, requires diligence in all areas of learning, and at all levels of education.
Secular universities are openly hostile to the Christian worldview, and the best of the Christian colleges cannot replicate the family away from home. Nehemiah Institute worldview assessment of 1177 students in 18 Christian colleges over 7 years demonstrated that Christian students are graduating from Christian institutions with a secular humanism worldview, already where their professors have a Biblical Theist worldview. already the above average Christian colleges are little better than their secular style because the curricula are developed under the same institutional accreditation guidelines, the same text books are used, many of the faculty were trained at secular institutions, and the family learning context is ignored.
already the best of Christian distance education does not deliberately include the family in the learning course of action, nor combine with individual family convictions, nor uses the family knowledge base, nor earns family income. It is time to unplug institutional higher education and bring higher education home.
The formation of family universities and networks based on the fellowship of the church is one solution. This can help individuals and families implement the Christian philosophy of education by developing their own family university and complementary business as a part of the dominion mandate (Psalm 8).
University education needs to be reinvented with a Biblical understanding to strengthen the family and church. Christian people can easily learn how a family university can uniquely provide the humble, relational, and Spirit led ideal Biblical higher education for their young adults to participate in building a strong Christian family, church and culture.
The assistance of a network for learning was forseen by Ivan Illich, philosopher of the 1970s who spoke in favor of home education. He stated that “If the networks I have described could appear, the educational path of each student would be his own to follow, and only in retrospect would it take on the features of a recognizable program. The wise student would regularly seek specialized advice: assistance to set a new goal, insight into difficulties encountered choice between possible methods. already now, most persons would let in that the important sets their teachers have rendered them are such advice or counsel, given at a chance meeting or in a tutorial. Pedagogues, in an unschooled world, would also come into their own, and be able to do what frustrated teachers pretend to pursue today.” Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society, 1970.
There is only one such family university network in operation at this time, but the time has come for this concept and consequently this is likely just the beginning of home schooling expanding into home college.