Spiritual and Intellectual
A Vision for Families, Schools, and Society!
Today, there is much discussion about education - especially in the context of "failing schools." However, definitions of failure rarely go beyond low academic test scores and high drop-out rates. Our concerns for education are broader and deeper. School success should not only be linked with academic preparedness, but also with the human development of the child. In fact unless the "human" side of education is given priority, academics have little chance of success. Human education is - by nature - religious, thus SACE supports religious school choice and actively works to strengthen Christian schools.
Children are dependent upon their parents for good reasons! God has designed the slow rate of human maturation as an opportunity for children to develop a healthy identity, to grow in character, and to learn from the wisdom and experience of their parents and teachers. Unfortunately, our secularly minded culture has largely lost sight of the education day as vital to the spiritual, moral, and philosophic nurture of children. The Society for the Advancement of Christian Education hopes to re-awaken this concern that illuminate the key weakness of public education: its secular shallowness. But SACE does not just reveal weaknesses; it offers solutions.
Centrally, SACE's Vision Includes:
- Strengthening the philosophic foundations of all Christian schools, and
- Making religious education accessible to all families through a revised concept of public education.
This vision is built upon the foundation of knowing God.
SACE is about the “great commission” goals of making disciples and discipling nations (Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:18-20). We believe the education day is essential to:
- reveal God’s goodness, wisdom, and deeds through the lens of each curricular subject,
- fully nurture children and young people within a trusted and caring environment, and
- prepare citizens with the minds, hearts, and characters to engage the needs of America with wise and loving solutions.
The Priority of Developing Christian Minds and Hearts
For over a century, most Christians have separated the "spiritual" nurture from the "academic" nurture of their children. However, history reveals that good hearted and secularly minded Christians are poorly equipped to bring health to either their families or to society. Without spiritually and academically integrated schools, society decays as the institutions of art, business, justice, entertainment, media, and government crumble upon shifting foundations. Even though most Christian teachers and students are found in public schools, secularized education has been stripped of foundational meanings, grounds of truth, deep moral motivations, trusted community atmosphere, and its personal connection with God. Secular education fails to nurture the spiritual, moral, and intellectual discipleship of children, who in turn, fail to develop the understanding to disciple America.
Religious Schooling - the Key
Only when all families have an opportunity to attend quality religious (rather than just secular ) schools will the moral, intellectual, and institutional foundations of America have the opportunity to be strengthened. Together, strong Christian schools and religious school choice are vital keys to the discipleship of our children and our nation!
Brows this website to learn how SACE is engaging these concerns. Peruse the Discussion Forum to read how others are engaging them. Become a SACE member and engage them for yourself!
Society for the Advancement of Christian Education