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7 Responses to “Making Babies & Making Love”

  1. Laurie Bestvater says:

    Thank you Mike, for bringing the ideas driving a mechanistic, behaviourist education to the fore. I am involved in recovering the work of one such British “mentor,” named Charlotte Mason, who fought the factory model and the child as a machine by building a whole wonderful pedagogy based on this radical idea that a child is a person! Visit our website, for more info. We feel the time is ripe to reassert this type of education that offers the educational equivalent to a banquet as opposed to a vitamin pill. A collegue has dubbed it “the slow food” model of eduction. I am afraid that often,even Christian schools need to hear that we ought not to be about producing workers for systems managed by “science” but we deal with full human beings who relate and learn, less than efficiently, but in the image of their Maker. I always enjoy your posts and share them often. Thank you for the great analysis.

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    And thank you, Laurie, for attempting to reshape an institution that fundamentally shapes people and society. I like the idea of “slow food” model of education. If we look in the rear view mirror, as we get older, we recognize that any wisdom that accrued to our character account came from mentors, rather than a factory boss.

    Good words – keep pressing into this challenge.

  3. Dave Thom says:

    Outstanding brother.

  4. David Greusel says:

    Outstanding commentary, Mike! I have been on a campaign against efficiency for some time (probably since I first heard you mention what you thought were the most discernable qualities of modern parachurch organizations). Watch the Comment website ( for a complementary point of view about architectural training.

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    To those of us in the Blogger Universe: For what it’s worth, David Greusel is someone who embodies this idea of mentoring and worth paying attention to. He’s featured in the most recent Comment magazine… plus, you can check him out at the website address he lists. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and modern management won’t be disassembled in a decade. But I’d be curious about your thoughts, David, as to the kind of built environment in a corporate setting that would promote mentoring.

  6. Brian D. Clark says:

    Mike, The trouble with people is that we usually don’t live long enough to notice these changes happening, or we are too busy to pay attention. That, of course would be the result of being “managed”, eh? Even the word “business” …only years after learning to spell it did I get the irony of business/busyness. I think the sign of the times is this: Once upon a time we would have gone to the Personnel Office for help getting a job or dealing with workplace issues. Now we go to “Human Resources” as though we are coal to be strip mined as cheaply as possible, with “HR” now there to help the company avoid costly legal entanglements managing the masses. Moo.

  7. Jack Hafer says:

    So who is writing about an alternative form of education? How can we get a mentoring system going again? Thanks for your thoughts and research.

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