You may have read authors using the term "ancient future". While it's been used by several authors with slightly different connotations, I want to describe how I believe it affects us.
The ancient future is composed of a balance of two concepts - ancient and future. Balance is the key. The ancient represents timeless virtues and values. The future represents our understanding of how society is changing and technology's effects.
At Epiphany Lutheran School we value both of these concepts. We continue to emphasize the timeless values taught in the Bible. We teach old fashion manners and courtesy. We even continue to use some learning methods that are "tried and true". At the same time we value technology. Our students get a lot of time on the computer, and older students use it extensively in their studies. Still, we do not totally abandon the use of textbooks.
It is tempting (in society in general and schools in particular) when a new concept comes along to totally move in that direction. We believe it's important to understand new ideas but to remember and embrace the past as well. Again, balance is the key.
I am thankful for parents, who partner with us in teaching children advances in technology while embracing the values and virtues from the past.
Blessings on your parenting,
Tim Miesner, Principal