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  

Chapter 1: The Context of Mennonite Education in North America

  1. What is your view of the Pledge of Allegiance? What issues do you think it raises for Christians in the Anabaptist tradition?
  2. Roth, a professor of history, surveys five "shifts" that have taken place in regard to education in Western culture. Most changes involve both losses and gains. For each of the five shifts, consider both the positive and negative results: What was lost? What was gained?
    • The Secularization of Education
    • Democratization of Access to Education
    • Citizenship and Comportment: Education in National Identity
    • Professionalization of Education
    • Expansion of Mandate
  3. Roth then offers a brief history of Mennonite education in North America, surveying its beginnings and tracing four general themes that emerge from the histories of Mennonite-originated schools.
    • Were any of these four themes new or surprising to you?
    • If you attended a Mennonite school, which of Roth's stages would have applied to the school during the time you were there?
  4. Roth ends the first chapter with six important questions (page 62) that will shape the rest of the book.
    • Are there other questions about Mennonite education that you believe need to be faced?
    • What are some of the difficulties you predict Roth will face in offering satisfactory answers to these questions?
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