The Problem of Individuality in the Christian School


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For us as academic leaders, and CSM includes all learning and teaching when we think “academic”, the difficulty of the individual from a Christian point of view has become a crisis. In today’s school, the individual is everything. The report card talks about the individual’s progress; the plaques on the wall celebrate individual prowess; we bring individuals up to the podium to applaud their success and highlight their accomplishments. The only chinks in this torrent of individualism is the sports trophy or choir certificate. But even there, the quarterback is applauded in a way that almost forgets the person who caught the ball, the player who blocked, and the decoy running in the opposite direction while the anonymity of the choir is overshadowed by the personality of the conductor and the exceptional work of the soloist.


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