The best books challenging the traditional definition of education

Linwood Jackson Jr. Author Of Justification
By Linwood Jackson Jr.

Who am I?

My field of work involves research in self-development and in devotional improvement. I write and lecture about the need to allow the devotional conversation to feel its living experience; in this way knowledge, above a perception created through tradition, about what is believed can keep and sustain the conversation. My joy is in allowing people to think about the nature of their human being and of their devotional conversation. Liberty of the mind to experience life through no other lens but that of what self has discovered, examined, and proven, is the type of liberty we should all strive for, and I feel as though these books, in their own way, get this done.

I wrote...


By Linwood Jackson Jr.,

Book cover of Justification

What is my book about?

We are to have, as is said and believed when it comes to life and religion, "faith," but when it comes to exercising faith on anything, a very crucial aspect of having and exercising "faith" isn't normally mentioned. In order to have faith in anything, we need to possess a living and working knowledge of what we would have faith in. 

Justification looks into how the Bible defines the process of acquiring and maintaining "faith." Introducing the reader to a pattern of thoughts revolving around the idea that the sufficiency of the conversation is based upon the knowledge and  experience in that philosophy, making personal knowledge an integral part of having and exercising "faith."

The books I picked & why

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

By Thomas S. Kuhn,

Book cover of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Why this book?

This is a brilliant book explaining why scientific thought processes never escape the realm of their paradigm. I’m recommending this book because, if interested in pushing thought, if interested in examining personal belief, if interested in learning how to live without traditional standards, then this book is an eye-opener. Traditional thought, whether religious or secular, rules how we react to what occurs in life, and this book helps shed light on the fact that responses can be structured, but that an unstructured response is something generating original and unique knowledge to live by.

Mosheim's Church History, of the First Two Centuries

By Mosheim, Johann Lorenz, Archibald, MacLaine

Book cover of Mosheim's Church History, of the First Two Centuries

Why this book?

The theme of climbing out of traditional thought to discover new and better ways of thinking continues through Mosheim, even if indirectly accomplished. I’m recommending this book because my field of research has to do with the exercising of correct devotional habits, and to know what is decent, what is indecent must surface. This book thoroughly takes the reader through the development of the philosophy within the early church. This book educates on the negative doctrinal influences within the church, opening up the reader to better understanding how the age influenced the development of the Christian religion. 

Deschooling Society

By Ivan Illich,

Book cover of Deschooling Society

Why this book?

If interested in reflecting on the point of “education,” this book is a must-read. Giving to the reader a philosophical take on “schooling,” Illich forces you to think about just what “school” is about. Is “school” about achieving grades or character? Is “school” about self-discovery, or is “school” about leading minds into becoming the perfect “citizen”? Illich challenges the current educational paradigm to awaken minds to realize that there is more to “school” than burdening children with a curriculum that fails to relate to them.

Emile: Or Treatise on Education

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William H. Payne (translator),

Book cover of Emile: Or Treatise on Education

Why this book?

Another brilliant book challenging the traditional definition of “education” that is a must-read for anyone seeking to meditate on the meaning of “school.” Rousseau brilliantly challenges traditional educational thought by bringing into the picture a philosophy that true education is holistic in nature, informing the student about their relationship not only to the material, but to the elements of life in general. Education should transform the mind, which transformation assists in the transformation of the body, allowing the individual to discover their essence within. I’m recommending this book because of its ability to enlighten on “learning,” and because of how my understanding of the term “education” found correction through its spirit. 

Religion and the Constitution

By Michael W. McConnell, John H. Garvey, Thomas C. Berg

Book cover of Religion and the Constitution

Why this book?

This is a brilliant textbook. Digging into my studies, I found a philosophy of law, in regards to the respect due to the nature of the human being, within the Bible, and sensing the same philosophy within the U.S. Constitution, I purchased this book. Much like the other books, these authors do a good job, through their presenting and reviewing of various cases, and of other documents, of setting the Constitution in the right light. I am recommending this book because it is a good read for anyone wanting to better understand the context of the Constitution’s ideology. I found this book to be not only educational but personally edifying. 

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