One Child, One Image

If two men were building a house together, but they both held tightly to differing sets of blueprints, it would not be to the point to say that they still had much in common. They both own hammers, saws, nails, carpenter’s belts, and so on, and let us say that both of them were of comparable competence. They would soon come to blows if they persisted in trying to build two different houses on the same site. If one wanted a split-level ranch house, and the other wanted a beach bungalow, everything they had in common would be irrelevant. But this is exactly the tension in every secular classroom where Christian children attend. One builder wants to further the process of evolution, and the other wants to develop the image of Jesus Christ in students. The only way to keep the peace is for one of the builders to surrender his blueprints. Thus far, except where Christians have removed their children, the surrendering has been done by the Christians (Douglas Wilson, The Case For Classical Christian Education, pp. 50-51).