Science: The Wisdom of our Time
If Social Studies can be enjoyed through the wonderful book “From Adam to Us”, then perhaps, if we think of Science that way, it is the wonderful book, yet to be written, entitled “From Atoms to Us”. This book started when 3000 years ago King David penned, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament his handiwork. Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they reveal knowledge".
As a youth, I memorized that Psalm, Psalm 19, because it was something of a watchword for a young student of Science whose faith was firmly planted in Biblical revelation of Jesus Christ. This Psalm lays out two sources of revelation about God. The text begins with a soaring and inspiring language about the greatness of God as revealed in nature. Even now as I reflect on it, the words of “How Great Thou Art” come to mind. Thus go the first six verses, but then in verse 7 suddenly, it seems, without missing a beat or shifting gears the psalmist continues to declare, “The Torah of the YHWH is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony [revelation] of YHWH is pure, making wise the simple”. Making wise the simple… indeed… but I digress... the point being, here in a single passage we have Biblical support for both General and Special Revelation.
Jesus himself breaks the scriptures down into the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. The Writings are the Bible's Wisdom Literature: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes. These are the books of the Bible that explore the world-as-experienced or General Revelation. Ecclesiastes 1:7 says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, Yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again”. In other words, somehow there must be a water cycle. It should not be lost on us that such statements are valuable enough to go into the Bible.
Wisdom literature is gritty and real, not shirking from hard questions but also reveling in simple observations. Among the many themes, there is there is the theme of Wisdom itself. So profoundly is it valued that it becomes personified in Proverbs 8, which later the New Testament draws upon to describe Jesus as the Wisdom of God. Set this down first, we read, "Get Wisdom". And then we are told, “the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom”; in other words, when you seek wisdom consider your starting point. And so we may ask, what is science but the wisdom of our time? The cure for bad wisdom isn’t ignorance of it; but rather, to seek it more. And thus we are enjoined by the Bible's wisdom literature to value wisdom, to seek wisdom with all our hearts. So for now, I’ll leave you with Proverbs 4:5-9
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.
Dates and Resources
Leaving Money on the Table
Everyone is aware of HCOS funding for learning resources. If for any reason you don't need all of it, there's nothing wrong with leaving it for others. It's a shared table and HCOS counts on the fact that few people spend every dime in their accounts. That said, it's wise to be deliberate about it, rather than missing the deadlines. My classroom experience matches my HCOS experience: conclude spending for the current year by the end of March. That leaves room for error and emergencies. Spend only what you need and leave the rest, but don't just procrastinate past the deadline. That's not good for learners.
- Recommended date to conclude spending: March 30
- Funding opens for 2019-2020 school year: approx. April 30
- Deadline for purchasing outside of Canada: May 1
- Deadline for all resource purchasing: May 15
- Purchasing Department shutdown: May 15
Note also: This is the last year for internet reimbursements.
These are some of your best days
Make hay while the sun shines! The problem is recognizing that the sun is shining. If you are not facing any immediate travel or circumstances likely to affect learning, then the sun is shining. Winter is very sunny so make lots of hay. Soon it will be spring and the children will want to be outside. These next two months are some of the best for learning.
Dates and Links:
February 22 Term Two cutoff for submissions to SeeSaw
Feb 22 to March 11: Rob Focussed on Report Cards
March 18- 29 Spring Break
April 19-22 Easter
April 23 to 30 CHEC (Convention in Kelowna)
You may be interested in my recommended resources page. I only add to these resources when I see a learner has done well using it within the BC curriculum. I hope to add a few more links this year.