Throughout The Chronicles of Narnia series,2 learning in classrooms in Narnia and on Earth is often disparaged in ways that range from the comedic to the horrific. In spite of C. S. Lewis’s lifelong career as a teacher and scholar, the traditional pedagogical enterprise is usually, if not always, pictured as oppressive and stultifying. Indeed, references to formal classroom instruction found in the pages of the Chronicles are so negative that a reader begins to wonder how anyone learned anything at all in school, whether here on Earth or in Narnia.3 However, in certain cases, education can be used to bring the children of Narnia that much closer to Christ, both in his form of Aslan in Narnia’s world and as Christ in ours. My title, then, is a pun: I mean that education must be redeemed in order to be instructive, and that some forms of education are redemptive.
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