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questions were substantially shifting the focus back to God, rather than idols. The Lord has been very clear in his teachings that we do not worship false Gods as found in Exodus 20:3. He also advocated for equal access to education as shown in numerous stories of the many women in his life that were given access to His sermons. Although schools during the Medieval period was governed by the Church with classes being taught by clergy members, this truth was ignored and education was not provided to all of God’s children. The Enlightenment period continued to remain exclusive much like Medieval times, which are against God’s teachings. Additionally, both eras denied education to the poor, leaving the masses uneducated which also is in conflict with the teachings in the Bible as evident from Proverbs 4:13 that teaches that knowledge is life. The shift towards science during the Enlightenment period led philosophers to consider themselves deists, who believed that God created the world and left it to its own device (Gutek, 2011, p. 140). This belief is not in accordance with God’s teachings that are found in Exodus 33:14 (KJV) where we are taught that God’s presence is always with His children and that He is continually aware of our lives and in the world which we live in. However, the Enlightenment’s view of developmentally appropriate education is in harmony with Christian principles where we understand that learning is sequential as supported by Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) that helps us to understand that there is a pattern to our lives and learning appropriate to each stage. Conclusion Education is important to God. Matthew 7:7 (KJV) teaches us that knowledge will be given to us when we search for it. However, this simple truth was neglected throughout history, particularly towards the poor and the female gender. The Medieval and Enlightenment period both demonstrated limited access to education which was reflective of the culture, policies, and
HISTORICAL ERA ANALYSIS 8 governmental conditions that existed during this time. When we study these philosophies, we can gain understanding and appreciate the value of education and the role it plays in leading us toward God. Proverbs 2:1-2 (KJV) declares that when we gain wisdom, we can understand God’s words and pattern our lives after His teachings. As a result, studying history and philosophies of the past increases our knowledge and appreciation for the opportunities we’ve been given to obtain an education.
HISTORICAL ERA ANALYSIS 9 References Gutek, G. L. (2011). Historical and philosophical foundations of education: A biographical introduction . Boston: Pearson. Parsons, B. (2018). Punishment and Medieval education . Boydell & Brewer. doi:10.1017/9781787443211 Walker, C. (2016). Exiled children: Care in English convents in the 17th and 18th centuries. Children Australia, 41(3), 168-177. doi:10.1017/cha.2016.19 Weber, B. (2019). A brief history of Anglo‐Saxon education. History Compass, 17(2), e12518- n/a. doi:10.1111/hic3.12518

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