In the late 1950s, at the height of the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union, Sputnik, the first satellite ever to orbit the Earth was launched by the Russians, igniting a fuse within the United States government to examine many of its scientific and mathematical methods towards education in order to compete.
What many now refer to as the ‘Space Race’ between the two world powers, resulted in a number of new technological advancements, including the ability to place the first human into space. Another major by-product of this race, which still has a significant effect on how our children are taught today, is what was called, ‘New Math.’
The teaching curriculum for such secondary school educational subjects like math, chemistry, biology and even some social sciences were all changed dramatically in order for students to no longer learn their lessons through reciting answers, but by first discovering them. Teachers and parents alike for years have been opposed to this new way of instruction, which they argue takes far more time for students to now solve the same basic math problems they were taught simply through memorizing.
However, what many may not realize is that this ‘new math,’ although a tedious process, is in fact not new at all, but something the Apostle Peter prescribed as well for those of us who are people of faith:
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 2 Peter 1:5-8
Believe it or not, in order to accomplish all that God has planned for our lives, faith in God is simply not enough. Our faith requires seven other values to also be added for it to work properly.
Virtue must be added to faith.
Knowledge must be added to faith.
Self-control must be added to faith.
Perseverance must be added to faith.
Godliness must be added to faith.
Brotherly kindness must be added to faith.
And lastly, love must be added as well.
If it seems that during this new year your life is not where you would like it to be, there may not be a problem with your faith. But perhaps there is one with your math.
Take the time today to add what is necessary for you to pass the test.