Society for the Advancement of Christian Education
What is "SACE"?


The Society for the Advancement of Christian Education (SACE) is both a lay and a professional organization.  Its primary goal is to strengthen the spiritual and philosophic depth and commitments of contemporary Christian youth as well as the American culture through religious K-12 education.
SACE will seek to  “advance” the place of religious schooling in America by making religious schools more accessible and by strengthening Christian school programs.  It targets “religious” schooling because religious schools offer settings where the primary beliefs and values that shape the lives and thinking of children can be freely modeled, taught, and discussed.  The attractive qualities of secular education have long overshadowed deep reflection regarding the lost values associated with religious educations.


1) Making Religious Schooling Accessible

Religious schools not only provide for the growth of faith, but Christian and other religious schools are potentially stronger supports for the qualities of good American citizenship than are secular schools.  Thus, SACE actively supports religious school choice so that children of all income levels may have the opportunity to receive religious educations.

SACE will facilitate the religious school choice discussion through public presentations, the media, and the discussion topics found on this site.

Learn about and participate in the school choice discussion here!

2) Educating the Public

Secular schooling has shaped our thinking about education with the result that few parents understand the qualities that a religious education provides for their children. Also, School Choice will be subject to the uncertain winds of political action unless an educated and interested citizenry defends religious schooling against governmental encroachments. Thus, SACE will educate parents regarding the value of Christian schooling with the hope that more parents will send their children to Christian schools and defend them against destructive governmental regulations.

3) Strengthening Classroom Philosophy

The teacher is the focal point of the Christian school classroom.  Yet, most teachers have (and will) develop their initial philosophy of education in secular settings that do not consciously consider Christian beliefs or values.  SACE aims to provide opportunities for Christian teachers to learn from one another so they may strengthen their educational philosophy during both their college and classroom years.

For those on the job, the Stronger School Discussion Forums on this site will provide a place for educators to exchange ideas as to how to strengthen Christian schooling. For those still in their college years, SACE will launch the “Christian School Society” on university campuses as a student organization to facilitate the engagement of education students with Christian education philosophy and its outworking.

4) Planning for the Future

Christians are not ready for the educational future!  SACE will help prepare for religious school choice by encouraging discussions such as:
* What should Christian schools hold as their “non-negotiables” in the face of government encroachment?
* How can Christian schools expand into the educational opportunities that will be opened by choice?
* Who is currently working to produce the high quality curricular materials these schools will need and what qualities must they reflect?
* From where will the academic support for future teachers and administrators to come?
* Through what bodies can all religious schools represent strongly their concerns before government bodies?
* What structure should school choice take?

5) Linking Members with Opportunities

The conviction that the Christian faith holds broad educational interests undergirds the issues and activities that SACE will pursue.  Quality Christian schooling offers Christian parents and churches a greater opportunity to communicate God’s wisdom, goodness, greatness, and truth to the next generation.  It offers children opportunities to grow closer to Christ, to recognize His call, to grow in character, and to develop a Christian mind.  It offers the public not only a source of strong academic preparation but a source of strong moral and civic character.

The Society for the Advancement of Christian Education is committed to advancing high spiritual, academic, and civic standards. It will bring Christian parents, students, educators, and scholars into discussions to strengthen Christian schooling... as would be pleasing to God and for the good of our children and nation. SACE Membership is offered to all those supportive of the goals of this organization.

Join now to explore these interests and strengthen America’s spiritual and philosophical foundations!
Pursuing the Vision!


Read: A Brief History of SACE


Craig Engelhardt, Ph.D.,
Director


Society for the Advancement of Christian Education