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Child Guidance, Page 293

Chapter 50—What Comprises True Education?

The Breadth of True Education—True education means more than taking a certain course of study. It is broad. It includes the harmonious development of all the physical powers and the mental faculties. It teaches the love and fear of God and is a preparation for the faithful discharge of life's duties.1Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 64.

Proper education includes not only mental discipline, but that training which will secure sound morals and correct deportment.2Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 331.

The first great lesson in all education is to know and understand the will of God. We should bring into every day of life the effort to gain this knowledge. To learn science through human interpretation alone is to obtain a false education, but to learn of God and Christ is to learn the science of heaven. The confusion in education has come because the wisdom and knowledge of God have not been exalted.3Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 447.

Influence Counter to Selfish Rivalry and Greed—At such a time as this, what is the trend of the education given? To what motive is appeal most often made? To self-seeking. Much of the education given is a perversion of the name. In true education the selfish ambition, the greed for power, the disregard for the rights and needs of humanity, that are the curse of our world, find a counterinfluence. God's plan of life has a place for every human being. Each is to improve his talents to the

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