Aurora Public Schools Aurora, CO
The Soul of Education
Saturday, Jul. 11 6:00 p.m.
Held on July 11, 2015.
Author G.K. Chesterton observed, “Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” How have various worldviews influenced the history of modern education? Have these philosophies influenced the way teachers lead their classrooms and administrators shape school culture today? What can historic Christian faith contribute to the conversation about character development and education reform in Colorado?
This forum explored worldviews and the classroom–specifically, how the Christian faith can guide the work of educators across the metro area. The evening featured Dr. Mary Poplin of Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Claremont began her career as a public school teacher and now is a writer university researcher. Her research specializes in contemporary intellectual trends in various academic disciples–the sciences, humanities, social sciences– as well as highly effective teaching in low-performing urban schools.
Professor Mary Poplin earned her PhD from the University of Texas and is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Her work spans K–12 to higher education. Academically, she explores the contemporary intellectual trends dominant in the various academic disciplines—the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. In 2014, she published Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews (InterVarsity Press). In this new book, Poplin examines four major worldviews—naturalism, humanism, pantheism, and Judeo-Christian theism—and explores their implications for human behavior and the evidence for their truth. In addition to her work at Claremont, she is a frequent speaker in Veritas Forums throughout the country.