What Makes an Education "Christian"?
Home and classroom schools are rethinking Christian education... Whatever its setting, what are the central concerns of a Christian education?
Making Christian schools available to more families is good, but education must be strengthened at its philosophic core. A good Christian education must entail more than learning job skills, Bible verses, church traditions, and becoming fluent in “Christianese”. These may be good starting points, but the “school day” provides greater opportunities.
Education must be meaningful (superficial or material meaning is the greatest fault I find with secular education). Knowledge and skills may be tools, but the meaning that under-girds those tools determines how they will be used, the degree to which they will be used, and the overall educational goals for the child. The core meaning of a good education is that is should help children to know and love God!
Relational EducationThe school day is not just for the assimilation of knowledge; it is for the holistic nurture of children. Children need not only grow in knowledge, but grow as relational individuals who look at the world through a "relational" lens rather than just a materialistic lens. Knowledge should be associated with knowing and loving God and other people.
- The Gospel touches every part of life and learning. Thus, every part of life and learning should be used to teach children about God and his ways.
- Since God is the creator of everything, every subject area provides a particular "lens" with which to focus on particular aspects of God and his ways. They also provide unique tools through which students can learn to "love their neighbor."
Ask yourself these questions. How can Christian schools help children to:
✓ Learn about God so as to fall in greater love with him through the content of each subject area?
✓ Grow to actively trust God?
✓ Develop Christ-like characters?
✓ Wrestle to understand God’s concerns and goals associated with each curricular subject?
✓ Coherently integrate their foundational beliefs and values into their thinking, acting, and planning?
✓ Understand other systems of belief with their logical conclusions and values?
SACE does not have all the answers, but hopefully this website provides an opportunity for you to contribute your thoughts and learn from others...
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