Group Study Guide for

Teaching That Transforms

[Cover of Teaching That Transforms]

Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters

by John D. Roth

Study Guide written by Leonard Beechy, Goshen, Indiana.

This study guide is for those in communities where there are no Anabaptist-Mennonite educational institutions or those unfamiliar with Anabaptist-Mennonite education. The questions are intended to expand and deepen appreciation for Roth's book. These questions are also available for download as a Word document or in PDF format.

Also see Teaching That Transforms in the MennoMedia online catalog.

Introduction Chapter 4
Chapter 1 Chapter 5
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 / Conclusion
Chapter 3  

Introduction

  1. John D. Roth begins his book with a simple idea: "Education matters!" (page 14).
    • What issues in your community, state or province have highlighted the importance of education in our lives and in society?
    • Roth points out that our first education comes from our families. What are some of the ways you were instructed by family members, and what "methods" did they use? What were some of the values, spoken or unspoken, that were passed on through these experiences?
  2. A second foundational idea Roth sets forth here is that "conversations about education are ultimately religious in nature" (17).
    • Do you agree that "education is never a value-free enterprise"? (17).
    • Consider your own school experiences. What values—stated or unstated—were communicated to you and your fellow students?
  3. Spend some time with Psalm 34:8-14, either from your Bible or from page 33 in the book. When you have read it carefully, return to verse 11a: "Come, my children, listen to me."
    • What is it that is most important, most urgent for "my children" to know? This is a way of getting at Roth's question, "What is it that really matters?" (32).
    • What answers are suggested by the passage itself?
    • What do you think it means to "seek peace and pursue it"? How might you go about teaching this concept to children or young people?
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