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01/27/2014 | Created by Darla Martin Tucker

Seeking Your Viewpoints on Adventist Education

In her seminal book, “Education,” Seventh-day Adventist visionary and church co-founder Ellen G. White describes education as impacting the whole being through “the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers.” Seventh-day Adventist education has strived to incorporate these ideals into its educational programs, but questions always remain about the best ways to go about developing, implementing and supporting Adventist K-12 and higher education. For example, what should an Adventist university education consist of exactly? How can the K-12 schools increase enrollment?

Toward stimulating conversation on these topics, La Sierra University’s public relations department will launch a social media campaign inviting your thoughts and ideas on Adventist education. The campaign will launch Tues., Jan. 28, in commemoration of the date in 1952 when White’s “Education” was first published by Pacific Press Publishing Association. Various views and opinions will be posted on the La Sierra University blog through Fri., Feb. 14.

Be among the first five participants to have your views published and receive a $20 Amazon gift card!

On Twitter, include @lasierranews in tweeted comments and links, or send comments to Please keep your comments brief! (La Sierra University reserves the right to edit contributed viewpoints for brevity and content.)

La Sierra University has long been dedicated to the advancement of Seventh-day Adventist education. Its Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education, housed in the School of Education, oversees the groundbreaking CognitiveGenesis study which proves the benefits of an Adventist education. The center’s director, Dr. Elissa Kido, discusses research findings in the upcoming PBS documentary, “The Blueprint: The Story of Adventist Education” which will air this spring.

Additionally, the myriad issues confronting Adventist higher education were discussed in a book published in October 2012 and co-edited by La Sierra University Provost Steve Pawluk and Gordon Bietz, president of Southern Adventist University. The book, titled “Seventh-day Adventist Higher Education in North America,” includes chapters by Pawluk, La Sierra University President Randal Wisbey, Bietz, Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen and other leaders of Adventist colleges and universities. It discusses the purpose and future of Adventist higher education from various points of view.

So what are your thoughts?

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