Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Opus 2015-218: Discernment Watch: Educated Ignorance

There are a number of areas in my life where the issue of education keeps coming up.  How important is it to have a degree or diploma?  Does it really mean anything any more to graduate from college or have a doctorate?  It is one of those questions that has the frustrating answer of “It depends.”

Education is vital.  Don’t confuse that with saying formal education is vital.  In some cases they are the same animal.  Usually they are not.  Education means learning.  Formal education means fitting into a templet. 

Let me give you a real life example.  The men who came together and wrote the Constitution of the United States were giants.  What they produced is unique in history and has stood the test of time.  Midgets today are trying to pervert it into a tool of oppression but that is a story for another day.  There were 55 men who served as delegates to the Constitutional Convention.  Only 28 of them had college degrees.  I think it is safe to say that that  all 55 were educated.  Okay, maybe only 54.  How?  Because they sought wisdom and knowledge.  Because they learned to think.  Because they did think.

Consider the people you know who are educated but don’t have formal education.  The janitor at my school who cleans my room every day probably is as qualified to teach my class as I am.  Maybe more.  I have told him that.  You meet people like him every day.  Often they get blown off by those who have a piece of paper that declares they are educated.  It isn’t necessarily so.

My father “only” graduated from high school.  He attended a small country school.  He was very well educated.  Keep in mind that a high school education meant something in those days.  If you doubt it Google for some of the tests that were taken a hundred years ago.  Here is one sample of an 8th grade graduation test of the 19th century.

If you are still not convinced consider the CBEST.  I think it is still being used, or at least something like it.  In order to teach in California you needed to pass this test.  The reason it became necessary was that a college degree had become meaningless as a measure of basic skills.  The test was about on the 10th grade level.  20% of the college graduates who take the test fail.  Colleges have taken to giving a similar test before they will allow students to graduate.

So get an education.  While you are at it, get the piece of paper because we live in a world that doesn’t really care if you know anything, just if you have jumped through the approved hoops.  You never know when you will need that to get past the road blocks erected by the Progressives.

homo unius libri


  1. My father had an eighth grade education in a one-room country school. No high school or college for him. He was needed to help work the family farm. But he was one of the most knowledgeable men I knew. He said the most important thing he learned in school was to read.

    1. My father and my uncles were that way but I was too immature to appreciate it until I was older. At that point I began to really enjoy talking with them. So many wasted years...

      Grace and peace.

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    1. But the people with the diplomas don't care and they are in control. I wonder what would happen if we started defunding their ivory towers.

      Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.