If you are a parent, you want your children to grow into wise and understanding adults. That is, you want your children to properly understand the world around them so they will be happy and well adjusted. All parents want this. You are anxious for your children to excel in school. You no doubt encourage and help your children with their school work. However, the three R’s, reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmatic, do not, in themselves, make your children wise. They give your children access to the wisdom of the men and women of old. They open them to the many technological advances of modern science. For these reasons they are of utmost importance.
Yet the original reason schools were begun in this country was to enable children, and adults, to read the Book of books, the Bible. Here is real wisdom, wisdom from God. As Moses said to the ancient people of God, “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me.... So keep and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding” (Deuteronomy 4:5-6). Yes, reading, understanding and following God’s Word in the Bible makes you wise and understanding. Don’t insulate your children from the single most important source of wisdom there is. Lead them to God and to His wisdom found in the Bible.