The world of schooling includes a lot of firsts. First we learn letters before we learn words. First we add before we subtract. There is an order to learning that builds from simple to complex. Jesus taught His disciples what to do first; “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Does Christ mean in all things we seek first His kingdom? In our homes, places of employment, schools? Can young children learn about God and His ways before they learn the “practicals” of schooling (i.e how to write with a pencil or sound out words)?
The curiosity and wonder of a child is a beautiful thing. It would be terrible to crush an inquisitive mind in the name of teacher goals and objectives. The Lord Himself taught about a different kingdom to those who had ears to hear. The ears of children are the most open.
Christian education in its purest form is focused on the way, the truth, and the life, incarnate in the Son of God. When this “content” is given to children first, their foundation will be rock solid. That’s education for eternity.