Serpents in the Classroom: The Poisoning of Modern Education and How the Church Can Cure It
Serpents in the Classroom answers questions that teachers, pastors, and parents often ask themselves. Despite their best efforts, why do children so often reject the Christian faith? The answer is found in the theological presuppositions that undergird much of contemporary education. Though the educational establishment often presents its models as products drawn from evidence-based research that is theologically neutral, they are anything but. Rather, they are founded on theologies that are diametrically opposed to orthodox Christian teaching.
Drawing on his experience as an educator, pastor, and professor, Dr. Korcok uncovers the theological tenets of some of the pedagogues who have been influential in shaping contemporary educational thought and discovers how they have intentionally designed education to turn children away from the Christian faith.
For the Christian teacher and parent, there is an alternative. Dr. Korcok presents the classical liberal arts education model that has served the church well for almost 2,000 years as a practical and theologically sound model of education for training a child for a life of faith.
About the Author
Thomas Korcok (pronounced Korchok) developed Grace Evangelical Lutheran School in Pembroke, Ontario, and taught Logic to the upper grades. This initiated an interest that led to researching the application of the Liberal Arts in an elementary setting. From 2014-2021 he served as Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia University Chicago where he taught Christian education courses. While there he also developed a center for the research of the Lutheran Liberal Arts and a classical pedagogy program. Dr. Korcok currently serves as Associate Professor at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario.Dr. Korcok is the author of Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future (CPH, 2013) which explores the historical use of the classical liberal arts by the Lutheran Church.